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An exploration of key texts representing using 3 specific literary parts within the Hebrew Bible: narrative textual content; sermons; prayers and speeches.
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And further: what was the nature of the crime such that it elicited the punishment of reduced life expectancy? Given the thematic-structural fact that in both Genesis 3 and Genesis 11:l-9 (the Tower of Babel) the concern is the testing of divine-human limits, it would seem that in Genesis 6:l-4 the crime is also one of testing and transgressing limits due to the intercourse between human and divine beings. 3, wherein man's mortality is stressed and his life span restricted to 120 years. 5-8). 5-7 underscores the real danger: that humankind might circumvent the curse of Eden and "live forever" (Genesis 3:22).
God's command is addressed to man's "orality," that is to his childhood desire to "incorporate" knowledge and life through his mouth. The divine command impinges on his freedom to "take things in," to "absorb" experience. I t also stimulates the will by creating a distance between man's self and the objects of the world, a distance to be bridged by a new act of will which reappropriates the world by distinguishing and naming its objects. l8ff, fits psychologically into this textual scenario of human dominance of the earth.
Genesis 1:l-2:4a is written as a prologue to history. In contrast to the disorder and disharmony of human creatures on earth, the opening biblical passage seeks to enforce the theological value of a primal order and harmony created by God. Its focus on an uncompromised divine will in a blessed creation counterpoints the ensuing texts which focus on human will and the despoliation of the earth (Genesis 2:4b-11:32). It is within this postcreation perspective of a created harmony ruptured and disordered by man in history that the aforenoted psalms and prophecies stand.