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The Cave Of Treasures: Calvary Versus Earthly Paradise

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This chapter deals with The Cave of Treasures (CT), another original Syriac work that in its opening sections extensively addresses both the story of the protoplasts and that of Cain and Abel. It focuses on the salient narrative strategies of CT, employing a number of unique motifs, such as playing down the negative effects of Adams sin and the expulsion from paradise, presenting the ritual swearing by Abels innocent blood as a self-sufficient salvific act, and highlighting the remoteness of Jerusalem and Golgotha from the initial locus of earthly bliss in the East. CT seems to be aware of both the exegetical problems posed by the biblical source and a spectrum of existing exegetical solutions. The unique trends attested in CT are outlined vis--vis relevant traditions in both Christian and Jewish exegesis of late antiquity.

Keywords: earthly paradise; salient narrative strategies; Syriac work; The Cave of Treasures (CT)



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