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Bolder even than the ambitious books for which Stephen Greenblatt is already renowned The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve explores the enduring story of humanity's first parents Comprising only a few ancient verses the story of Adam and Eve has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole long history of our fears and desires as both a hymn to human responsibility and a dark fable about human wretchednessTracking the tale into the deep past Greenblatt uncovers the tremendous theological artistic and cultural investment over centuries that made these fictional figures so profoundly resonant in the Jewish Christian and Muslim worlds and finally so very real to millions of people even in the present With the uncanny brilliance he previously brought to his depictions of William Shakespeare and Poggio Bracciolini the humanist monk who is the protagonist of The Swerve Greenblatt explores the intensely personal engagement of Augustine Dürer and Milton in this mammoth project of collective creation while he also limns the diversity of the story's offspring rich allegory vicious misogyny deep moral insight and some of the greatest triumphs of art and literatureThe biblical origin story Greenblatt argues is a model for what the humanities still have to offer not the scientific nature of things but rather a deep encounter with problems that have gripped our species for as long as we can recall and that continue to fascinate and trouble us today This is an esoteric work that is part literary criticism part history part religion and part evolutionary exploration Greenbault begins not in the Garden of Eden but in his own home in which he was taught the rituals and practices of Judaism From his awakening curiosity then he began a life time exploration of the story that occupies only a page and a half of the Bible Greenbault goes to a time before the Bible to the stories of the Mesopotamians and how the oral accounts transformed into the story of Adam and Eve that we find in the Bible today He explores Islam’s different account of this couple in the u’ran Through it all Greenbault tries to make out not just the origins of the story but how it has captivated mankind to this day He examines the purpose and reasons for Adam and Eve’s conduct and the role of the serpent – which in some other accounts he says was not a serpent but a camel Greenbault tries to fathom the thinking of God and his role in perpetuating the story; he Greenbault seeks to understand each part of the story and the purpose behind it – such as the naming of the animals by Adam He examines the uestions that traverses religion and philosophy such as why would an all loving God not want his people to have knowledge of good and evil; how could Adam have known what was wrong in disobeying God if he did not know what was good and bad; and how could he have feared death if he did not know what death was like? Greenbault goes through the main literary accounts of the fall of Adam and Eve through the pens of Milton and how his take on the role of Jesus is entwined in the story of the Original Sin Another is the account of Augustine whose writing Greenbault examines in some detail and end by reminding us that Augustine seemed defeated by the task of getting the literal meaning of Genesis right for he Augustine concluded in the end that ‘it raises uestions than answers’ Greenbault has the advantage of history and science to help him explore beyond the confines that limited Augustine He Greenbault ponders the uestion raised by evolution and he travelled to Uganda the site of Darwinian genesis to study chimpanzees as part of the story found in Greenbault’s ‘Rise and Fall of Adam & Eve’

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The Rise and Fall of Adam and EveBolder even than the ambitious books for which Stephen Greenblatt is already renowned The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve explores the enduring story of humanity's first parents Comprising only a few ancient verses the story of Adam and Eve has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole long history of our fears and desires as both a hymn to human responsibility and a dark fable about human wretchednessTracking the tale into the deep past Greenblatt uncovers the tremendous theological artistic and cultural investment over centuries that made these fictional figures so profoundly resonant in the Jewish Christian and Muslim worlds and finally so very real to millions of people even in the present With the uncanny brilliance he previously brought to his depictions of William Shakespeare and Poggio Bracciolini the humanist monk who is the protagonist of The Swerve Greenblatt explores the intensely personal engagement of Augustine Dürer and Milton in this mammoth project of collective creation while he also limns the diversity of the story's offspring rich allegory vicious misogyny deep moral insight and some of the greatest triumphs of art and literatureThe biblical origin story Greenblatt argues is a model for what the humanities still have to offer not the scientific nature of things but rather a deep encounter with problems that have gripped our species for as long as we can recall and that continue to fascinate and trouble us today THE RISE AND FALL OF ADAM AND EVEStephen GreenblattNew Year new beginnings – specifically the few verses in Genesis chapter 2 which offer an account of how humanity turned out the way it has a scrap of a story that has captivated artists poets and theologians ever since it was first set down and which has intrigued Stephen Greenblatt for all his life This is not a book to skim through but following his account is worth the effortTo the fundamentalist theologian this is exactly how life on earth started and why life is as it is today but there are uestions from the outset which have taxed the minds of Jewish rabbis Muslim scholars and Christian theologians alike In modern times textual critics have pulled the story to pieces without coming any closer to what it might meanIt's not even the oldest creation myth on record – the earliest books of the Bible were put together in the fifth century BC at a time when the people of Israel were in enforced exile centuries after the origin stories of Egypt or the other lands of the Middle East Genesis was a political statement over and against these rival Gods and as such it had a moral content the other stories lackedWhat to make though of that content ? The earliest writers saw the story as an allegory but St Augustine smashed that notion He had a message to convey; “the hard truth that there is something morally wrong with us from birth” and to give life to that idea he had to make Adam and Eve recognisably human not just allegories The artists of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance fell upon this approach and gave us the lasting images that identify the first couple even today From Durer and Michelangelo on to Milton and Paradise Lost and a change of approach Milton “indefatigable defender of king killing and Parliamentary rule” saw in Adam and Eve's defiance of the divine command something with contemporary resonance for Civil War EnglandThe discovery of so called 'primitive' people in America and Africa as Europe began its colonial adventure posed uestions about the origins of the Judaeo Christian world The names contributing to the debate roll on page after page – Thomas Jefferson Ralph Waldo Emerson Walt Whitman and even Mark TwainThen comes Darwin but only after sceptics like Voltaire had prepared the ground – “Paradise was not lost; it had never existed” and the figures of Adam and Eve returned to the world of the imagination But then in an epilogue to the book Greenblatt ponders the sight of two chimpanzees high in the trees in the Kibala National Park in Uganda – This then I thought is what Paradise must have been no permanent address no weary labor no planting or cultivating and at that dizzying height no predators and no fear” Food for thoughtReview originally published in the Chesil Magazine DorsetOne uibble in the Kindle edition the illustrations all significant to the text appear in a block at the end of the book with no obvious way to click back and forward to see the point the author is making Pity but that's what knocks my four stars down to three