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Other Wisdom elements appear in the Adam and Eve story. g. Prov. 7), and this perception also emerges in Genesis. When Adam and Eve become aware of their nakedness, which means that they have acquired a sense of shame, fear comes over them and they hide from God. 16 In positive terms, shame is what raises humankind above the animals and makes for civilized life. The consequence of hiding from God is, and the text is explicit about it, the consciousness of possessing knowledge. Moreover, their minds are now open to learning what will befall them in the future: they are made aware of the disharmony between serpents and human beings, between the ground and man's tillage of it, and between women and their offspring.

Her initiative and her freedom vanish. 16—Therefore. . a man shall cleave to his wife and they shall become as one flesh' and 'To your husband shall be your desire, and he shall rule over you'—are both projected into our world, and coexist there. They represent the poles of innocence and experience. 7 There remains one further estrangement that arises out of the eating of the fruit—namely that between Adam, or the couple, and God. There are many ways of reading the source of this. What is God doing in giving them special instructions about the forbidden tree?

O'Reilly examines the tradition of each of the trees separately, the two trees together, and finally the mariological materials, to give an illustrated history of these developments and some indication of their full variety. Helen Phillips discusses the 'Garden of Love and the Garden of the Fall' based on her examination of a number of central mediaeval English and French texts. Her chapter highlights the link, made by her selected sources, between the Garden of Eden and the garden of the Song of Songs, a connection already made in the rabbinic tradition, and, perhaps, within the biblical text itself.

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