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Bibil Identifier bibil:245892
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Did Adam and Eve Have Sex Before Entering the Garden of Eden?
Title (English, ) Rethinking Jubilees 3:6-12
Author Nir, Rivka
Journal Henoch. Studies in Judaism and Christianity from Second Temple to Late Antiquity (Volume: 36, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 50-63 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In this article I question the common opinion that according to Jubilees 3:6-7 Adam and Eve had sexual relations before entering the Garden of Eden. I show that from a philological and contextual point of view these verses are better understood in non-sexual terms. Their affiliation with biblical laws of the parturient confirms the conclusion that Adam and Eve had no sexual relations before entrance into the Garden of Eden and situates Jubilees within the pseudepigraphic tradition, according to which such relations began only after the primeval sin and expulsion from Eden. Paralleled in the Qumran scrolls, this tradition conflicts with how mainstream Judaism of the Second Temple period perceived sex in general, and sexual relations in Paradise in particular. On the other hand, it displays affinities with the Christian tradition on sex in the Garden of Eden. The Jubilees tradition merits rethinking in light of perceptions prevalent among sects on the margins of Judaism, the soil for the growth and development of Christian perspectives on Paradise and sex.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Paradise
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sexuality
Pericopes Jubilees 3,6-3,7
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