Vita Daphna Arbel investigates depictions of the emblematic Eve that are embedded in one of the most influential accounts of Adam and Eve after the Hebrew Bible, namely the apocryphal Greek Life of Adam and Eve (GLAE) from late antiquity.
Treating the figure of Eve as a culturally
constructed representation of ''woman,'' Arbel examines a crucial transformative stage in the literary/conceptual discourse of Eve with a focus on several pivotal issues that have not been investigated in previous scholarship. She offers a nuanced examination of the GLAE's multifaceted and at
times contradictory depictions of Eve and, by extension, women; situates these depictions in the hybrid Greco -Roman cultural world in which they emerged, and examines the extent to which they both reflect and construct contemporaneous overlapping and competing concepts and norms regarding
Eve/women's standing, role, authority, and realms of experiences; and examines the immense impact of these depictions on later Jewish and Christian conceptualizations of Eve/women, which seem to interpret the figure of Eve in accord with the interpretive voice that characterizes the GLAE, rather
than with the biblical voice of Genesis.
Introduction: Traditions of Eve in Antiquity: The Greek Life of Adam and Eve
1. Eve and the Fallen Angels: Traditions of the First Sin
2. Representations of Eve: Forming Femininity
3. Eve and the Account of Adam's Demise: Social Performances of Death
Visions of Eve, Conceptualizations of Women, and Parallel Discourses
Conclusion: The GLAE's Eve: Multivocality, Women in Antiquity, and Paradigms of Womanhood
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Vita Dahpna Arbel is Associate Professor of Biblical and Early Jewish Literature at the University of British Columbia