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Adam and Eve in Seventeenth-Century Thought - Philip C. Almond

Adam and Eve in Seventeenth-Century Thought

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This book offers a fascinating account of the central myth of Western culture - the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Philip Almond examines the way in which the gaps, hints and illusions within this biblical story were filled out in seventeenth-century English thought. At this time, the Bible formed a fundamental basis for studies in all subjects, and influenced greatly the way that people understood the world. Drawing extensively on primary sources he covers subjects as diverse as theology, history, philosophy, botany, language, anthropology, geology, vegetarianism, and women. He demonstrates the way in which the story of Adam and Eve was the fulcrum around which moved lively discussions on topics such as the place and nature of Paradise, the date of creation, the nature of Adamic language, the origins of the American Indians, agrarian communism, and the necessity and meaning of love, labour and marriage.

From the hardback review: 'This lucid book covers a wide range of subjects with brevity and wit, quotes generously from the sources and includes a number of suggestive comments ... the most vivid introduction now available to the multiple and sometimes baffling ways in which one of the West's central myths was read and re-read during a century of revolutionary change.' Times Literary Supplement

Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
The origin of manp. 4
The perfection of manp. 33
The quest for Paradisep. 65
Animaliap. 110
Adam's ribp. 143
The Fallp. 173
Epiloguep. 210
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780521660761
ISBN-10: 0521660769
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 22nd April 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54