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Bibil Identifier bibil:248594
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Imperfection in Paradise: Reading Genesis 2 through the Lens of Disability and a Theology of Limits
Author Estes, Joel D.
Journal Horizons in Biblical Theology (Volume: 38, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages 1-21 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Genesis 2 has been interpreted from many angles, but rarely through the lens of disability studies. Such a reading, however, provides a necessary corrective to interpretations that import into the text idealistic notions of bodily perfection and thereby inadvertently disenfranchise those with disabilities. By attending to the range of bodily experiences and the fluidity of embodied existence, this article seeks to shed new light on Genesis 2 and on the wider task of theological anthropology. More specifically, reading Genesis 2 with and for those with disabilities lifts up three essential themes in the text that all express human limitation as a good aspect of God’s creation: embodiment, imperfection, and relationship.
DOI 10.1163/18712207-12341313
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Body
Pericopes Genesis 2
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