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Bibil Identifier bibil:242529
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Love as the divinity of the human
Author Barcsak, Janos V.
Journal Bijdragen. Tijdschrift voor filosofie en theologie (Volume: 76, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages 249-266 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Genesis 2:4–25, the story of the creation of man and woman, has received great attention in modern theology. The text indeed contains the most fundamental teaching of the Bible on the relation between man and woman, on sexuality, and on marriage. In this article, however, I attempt to highlight some of the theoretical/philosophical potential of the text. While I accept the main theological teaching of Genesis 2 about the equality of the sexes, I argue that the text goes beyond the mere presentation of this theological doctrine, and provides a structure that allows for a dynamic interplay between the sexes. I contend, furthermore, that this structure and the ensuing dynamics can be interpreted as a subtle treatment of the issue of the same and the other. Finally, I argue that in this way the biblical text can provide a description of the experience of love and an account of human creativity. In other words, it accounts for the possibility of realizing our divine likeness, the divinity of the human.
DOI 10.1080/21692327.2015.1109472
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Image of God
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Creation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sexuality
Pericopes Genesis 2,4-2,25
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