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[논문] Von den Wächtern zu Adam: Frühjüdische Mythen über die Ursprünge des Bösen und ihre frühchristliche Rezeption (by Monika Elisabeth Götte)
[From the Watchers to Adam. Early Jewish Myths on the Origins of Evil and their Early Christian Reception.]
2016. XIV, 356 pages.
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 426
89,00 €
sewn paper
ISBN 978-3-16-154847-5


In the early Jewish-Christian tradition, the question as to the origin of evil is explained through the use of various mythological concepts. Most prominent are the Enochic myth of the Watchers and the narrative of Adam’s fall. Monika Elisabeth Götte analyses the development and the reception of these two motifs, revealing a gradual shift of the explanation of evil’s origins from the Watchers to Adam and, later, to the primordial fall of Satan. The plurality of explanations within the biblical and the early Christian tradition leads to hermeneutical issues: If evil is not explained in a uniform and definitive manner, but is left open in a multifaceted play of motifs, what does this mean for Christian theology?