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Bibil Identifier bibil:223922
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Tree of Life: Banned or Not Banned? A Rational Choice Interpretation
Author Wagner-Tsukamoto, Sigmund
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 26, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 102-122 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Literal biblical interpretation advocates the view that at the outset of the paradise story Adam and Eve were only banned to eat of the tree of knowledge. The present paper challenges this view through an economic, ra-tional choice interpretation and the application of a self-interested decision calculus (model of economic man). I mount the thesis that, on grounds of a rational choice reconstruction, Adam and Eve must have been implicitly banned from the outset not to eat of the tree of life, despite no explicit ban be-ing stated in Genesis. The paper argues for the validity and insightfulness of such a rational choice analysis of the paradise story, which considerably clari-fies the conceptual logic and structure of the Eden story.
DOI 10.1080/09018328.2012.704211
Pericopes Genesis 2-3
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