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Bibil Identifier bibil:203814
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Paradise Story
Title (English, ) A Constitutional Economic Reconstruction
Author Wagner-Tsukamoto, Sigmund
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 34, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 147-170 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article draws on constitutional political economy, especially the works of James Buchanan, in order to analyze the paradise story. This study applies constitutional economic concepts such as Hobbesian anarchy, predation behaviour, the natural distribution state, (dis-)armament investments, and constitutional contract. The purpose of this reconstruction is to better understand why ultimately the interactions between God and Adam & Eve broke down. This article demonstrates that the Old Testament is rather modern in this respect, choosing a destructive conflict model at the outset. This provides a reference point for subsequent Bible stories when developing new, fairer, and more equally negotiated constitutional contracts between God and humans (especially through the new covenants of Genesis).
DOI 10.1177/0309089209356416
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Paradise
Pericopes Genesis 3-4
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