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Adam and Eve
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Concerning the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible, there are some topics that attracted interest within both exegesis and art. Within exegesis, these main topics are “image and likeness” (Gen 1:26–27), breath of life (Gen 2:7), Adam and Eve in paradise (Gen 2:8–14), God’s command (Gen 2:16, 17), human free will (Gen 3), seduction and sin (Gen 3:1–7), mortality and immortality (Gen 3:19), and repentance of Adam and consequences for humankind. Within a…

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Meiser, Martin, “Adam and Eve”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 09 December 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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