The Garden of Eden: Bibliography

See also The Garden of Eden: Images and The Garden of Eden (essay).

Bold text indicates especially interesting sources.

  • Ansell, Nicholas John. 2001. “The Call of Wisdom/The Voice of the Serpent: A Canonical Approach to the Tree of Knowledge.” Christian Scholars Review, vol. 31, no. 1: 31-57.
  • Alter, Robert. 1981. The Art of Biblical Narrative. New York: Basic Books.
  • Averbeck, Richard. 2013. “The Three ‘Daughters’ of Baal and Transformations of Chaoskampf in the Early Chapters of Genesis.” in Creation and Chaos: A Reconsideration of Hermann Gunkel’s Chaoskampf Hypothesis, ed. JoAnn Scurlock and Richard Beal. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns. 237–56.
  • Bailey, John A. 1970. “Initiation and the Primal Woman in Gilgamesh and Genesis 2-3.” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 89, no. 2 (June): 137-150.
  • Barr, James. 1988. “The Authority of Scripture: The Book of Genesis and the Origin of Evil in Jewish and Christian Tradition.” In G.R. Evans, ed., Christian Authority: Essays in Honour of Henry Chadwick. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 59-75.
  • ______. 1992. The Garden of Eden and the Hope of Immortality. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
    Reviews by: Margaret Barker, Scottish Journal of Theology 52:3 (August 1999): 394-395. Walter Brueggemann, Hebrew Studies 35 (1994): 102-104. Hemchand Gossai, Biblical Interpretation 1:3 (1993): 368-371. Walter Moberly, Journal of Theological Studies 45:1 (1994): 172-175.
  • ______. 2006. “Is God a Liar?” (Genesis 2-3)—And Related Matters.” Journal of Theological Studies, vol. 57, no. 1 (April): 1-22.
  • Bechtel, Lyn M. 1993. “Rethinking the Interpretation of Genesis 2.4b-3.24.” in Athalya Brenner, ed. Feminist Companion to Genesis, 77-117. Sheffield: JSOT Press.
  • _______. 1995. “Genesis 2.4b-3.24: A Myth About Human Maturation.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 67: 3-26.
  • Beeston, A. F. L. 1986. “One Flesh.” Vetus Testamentum, vol. 36, no. 1 (January): 115-117.
  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. 2004. Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1-3. [1932-33]. Trans. Douglas Stephen Bax. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • Birch, Bruce C; Walter Brueggemann, Terence Fretheim, and David L. Petersen. 2005. A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, second edition. Nashville: Abingdon Press.
  • Bruce, F. F. 1948. “The Crooked Serpent.” The Evangelical Quarterly 20: 283-288.
  • Brueggemann, Walter. 1970. “Of the Same Flesh and Bone (GN 2,23a).” Catholic Biblical Quarterly vol. 32, no. 4: 532-542.
  •  ______. 1972. “From Dust to Kingship.” Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, vol. 84, no. 1 (January): 1-18. DOI:10.1515/zatw.1972.84.1.1
  • ______. 1982. Genesis. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Preaching and Teaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.
  • Buchanan, George Wesley. 1956. “The Old Testament Meaning of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 75, no. 2 (June): 114-120.
  • Burns, Dan F. 1987. “Dream Form in Genesis 2.4b-3.24: Asleep in the Garden.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testamen 37 (1987): 3-14.
  • Carr, David. 1993. “The Politics of Textual Subversion: A Diachronic Perspective on the Garden of Eden Story.” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 112, no. 4 (Winter): 577-595.
  • Cassuto, Umberto. 1961. A Commentary on the Book of Genesis, Part 1: From Adam to Noah. Trans. Israel Abrahams. Jerusalem: Magnes Press.
  • Clark, W. Malcolm. 1969. “A Legal Background to the Yahwist’s Use of ‘Good and Evil’ in Genesis 2-3.” Journal of Biblical Literature vol. 88, no. 3 (September): 266-278.
  • Clines, D. J. A. 1974. “The Tree of Knowledge and the Law of Yahweh (Psalm XIX).” Vetus Testamentum, vol. 24, no. 1 (January): 8-14.
  • Davidson, Richard M. 1988. “The Theology of Sexuality in the Beginning: Genesis 1-2.” Andrews University Serminary Studies, vol. 26, no. 1: 5-24.
  • Day, John. 2000. Yahweh and the Gods and Goddesses of Canaan. Sheffield: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement 265.
  • Dragga, Sam. 1992. “Genesis 2-3: A Story of Liberation.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 55 (1992): 3-13.
  • Emmrich, Martin. 2001. “The Temptation Narrative of Genesis 3:1-6: A Prelude to the Pentateuch and the History of Israel.” The Evangelical Quarterly vol. 73, no. 1 (Jan.-Mar.): 3-20.
  • Fretheim, Terence E. 1994. “Is Genesis 3 a Fall Story?” Word & World, vol. 14, no. 2 (Spring): 144-153.
  • Finstuen, Andrew. 2010. Original Sin and Everyday Protestants: The Theology of Reinhold Niebuhr, Billy Graham and Paul Tillich in an Age of Anxiety. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2010.
  • Futato, Mark D. 1991. “Because It Had Rained: A Study of Gen 2:5-7 With Implications for Gen 2:4-25 and Gen 1:1-2:3.” Westminster Theological Journal 60 (1998): 1-21.
  • Goldingay, John. 2010. Genesis for Everyone: Part 1, Chapters 1-16. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.
  • Gordon, Robert P. 2010. “Ethics of Eden: Truth-Telling in Genesis 2-3.” In Katharine Dell, ed., Ethical and Unethical in the Old Testament: God and Humans in Dialogue. New York: T & T Clark.
  • Grenz, Stanley J. 2001. “From the Eternal City to Primordial Garden: The Imago Dei and Human Sexuality.” Chap. 7 of The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.
  • Hamilton, Victor P. 1990. The Book of Genesis: Chapters 1-17. New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans.
  • Hartley, John E. 2000. Genesis. Understanding the Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids: Baker Books.
  • Jacobs, Alan. 2008. Original Sin: A Cultural History. New York: HarperOne.
  • Jacobsen, Thorkild. 1981. “The Eridu Genesis.” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 100, no. 4: 513-529.
  • Joines, Karen Randolph. 1975. “The Serpent in Gen 3.” Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, vol. 87, no. 1 (January): 1-11.
  • Kass, Leon R. 1991. “Man and Woman: An Old Story.” First Things (November).
  • _______. 2003. The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis. New York: Free Press.
  • Kawashima, Robert S. 2006. “A Revisionist Reading Revisited: On the Creation of Adam and Then Eve.” Vetus Testamentum, vol. 56, fasc. 1 (January): 46-57.
  • Keller, Timothy J. 1993. “Nakedness & the Holiness of God” [Gen 3:7-24]. Sermon, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, March 21.
  • ______. 1998. “A Promise of Hope” [Gen 3:11-24]. Sermon, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, July 5.
  • ______. 2008. “The Garden of God” [Gen 2:4-17]. Sermon, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, December 7.
  • ______. 2009a. “The First Wedding Day” [Gen 2:18-25]. Sermon, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, January 4.
  • ______.  2009b. “Paradise in Crisis” [Gen 3:1-7]. Sermon, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, January 11.
  • ______. 2016. “Home from Exile” [Gen 3:7-24]. Sermon, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, January 10.
  • Kennedy, James M. 1990. “Peasants in Revolt: Political Allegory in Genesis 2-3.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 47 (1990): 3-14.
  • Kidner, Derek. 1966. “Genesis 2:5,6: Wet or Dry?” Tyndale Bulletin 17: 109-114.
  • ______ 1967. Genesis. Tyndale Old Testament Commentary. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic.
  • Kikawada, Isaac M. 1972. “Two Notes on Eve.” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 91, no. 1 (March): 33-37.
  • Lawton, Robert B. 1986. “Genesis 2:24: Trite or Tragic?” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 105, no. 1 (March): 97-98.
  • Layton, Scott C. 1997. “Remarks on the Canaanite Origin of Eve.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 59: 22-32.
  • Levine, Nachman. 2002. “The Curse and the Blessing: Narrative Discourse Syntax and Literary Form.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, vol. 27, no. 2: 189-199.
  • Lewis, Jack P. 1991. “The Woman’s Seed (Gen 3:15).” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, vol. 34, no. 3 (September): 299-319.
  • Longman, Tremper and Raymond B. Dillard. 2006. An Introduction to the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
  • McKenzie, John L., S.J. 1954. “The Literary Characteristics of Genesis 2-3.” Theological Studies, vol. 15, no. 4 (December): 541-572.
  • Meier, Samuel A. 1991. “Linguistic Clues on the Date and Canaanite Origin of Genesis 2:23-24.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly, vol. 53, no. 1 (January): 18-24.
  • Mendenhall, George E. 1974. “The Shady Side of Wisdom: The Date and Purpose of Genesis 3.” In Howard N. Bream, Ralph D. Heim and Carey A. Moore, eds., The Shady Side of Wisdom: Old Testament Studies in Honor of Jacob M. Myers. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 319-334.
  • Moberly, R. W. L. 1988. “Did the Serpent Get It Right?” Journal of Theological Studies, vol. 39, no. 1: 1-27.
  •  _______. 2008. “Did the Interpreters Get It Right? Genesis 2-3 Reconsidered.” Journal of Theological Studies, vol. 59, no. 1: 22-40.
  • Niebuhr, Reinhold. 1941. The Nature and Destiny of Man: A Christian Interpretation. Vol. 1: Human Nature. New York: Scribner’s Sons.
  • Oakes, Edward T. 1998. “Original Sin: A Disputation.” First Things (November).
  • Pagels, Elaine. 1988. Adam, Eve and the Serpent. New York: Random House.
  • Rad, Gerhard von. 1973. Genesis: A Commentary. Old Testament Library. Trans. John H. Marks. Philadelphia: Westminster Press.
  • Rees, Geoffrey. 2003. “The Anxiety of Inheritance: Reinhold Niebuhr and the Literal Truth of Original Sin.” Journal of Religious Ethics, vol. 31 (Spring): 75-99.
  • Ricoeur, Paul. 1967. The Symbolism of Evil. Trans. Emerson Buchanan. New York: Harper & Row.
  • Roberts, Alastair. 2016. “The Falls of Man.”
  • Rosenberg, Joel W. 1993. “Genesis.” In The HarperCollins Study Bible. New York: HarperCollins.
  • Sarna, Nahum. 1966. Understanding Genesis: The Heritage of Biblical Israel. New York: Schocken Books.
  • ______. 1989. Genesis: The JPS Torah Commentary. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society.
  • Speiser, E. A. 1964. Genesis. Anchor Bible Commentary. Garden City: Doubleday.
  • Stordalen, Terje. 1992. “Man, Soil, Darden: Basic Plot in Genesis 2-3 Reconsidered.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 53 (1992): 3-26.
  • Strauss, Leo. 1981. “On the Interpretation of Genesis.” L’Homme, vol. 21, no. 1: 5-20.
  • Tosato, Angelo. 1990. “On Genesis 2:24.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly, vol. 52, no. 3 (July): 389-409.
  • Van Seters, John. 1989. “The Creation of Man and The Creation of the King.” Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, vol. 101, no. 3 (January): 333-342.
  • Walsh, Jerome T. 1977. “Genesis 2:4b-3:24: A Synchronic Approach.” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 96, no. 2 (June): 161-177.
  • Waltke, Bruce K. 2001. Genesis: A Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
  •  ______. 2007. An Old Testament Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
  • Walton, John H. 2001. Genesis. NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
  • _______. 2015. The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2–3 and the Human Origins Debate. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.
  • Watson, Paul. 1980. “The Tree of Life.” Restoration Quarterly 23: 232-238.
  • Wenham, Gordon. 1986. “Sanctuary Symbolism in the Garden of Eden Story.” Proceedings of the Ninth World Congress of Jewish Studies. Jerusalem: World Union of Jewish Studies. 19-25.
  •  ______. 1990. “Original Sin in Genesis 1-11.” Churchman, vol. 104, no. 4 [16pp].
  • ______. 2008. “Genesis.” In Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Theological Interpretation of the Old Testament: A Book-by-Book Survey, Kindle Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. Loc. 599.
  • ______. 2015. Rethinking Genesis 1-11: Gateway to the Bible. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books.
  • Westermann, Claus. 1984. Genesis 1-11: A Continental Commentary. Trans. John J. Scullion, S.J. Minneapolis: Augsburg.
  • ______. 1987. Genesis: A Practical Commentary. Trans. David E. Green. Grand Rapids: Eedrmans.
  • ______. 1993. “Genesis, the book of.” In Bruce M. Metzger and Michael D. Coogan, eds. The Oxford Companion to the Bible.  In 245-249.
  • Whybray, R. N. 1996. “The Immorality of God: Reflections on Some Passages in Genesis, Job, Exodus and Numbers.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 72: 89-120.
  • ______. 2001. “Genesis.” In John Barton and John Muddiman, eds. The Oxford Bible Commentary. Oxford University Press. 38-66.
  • Woudstra, Marten H. 1971. “Recent Translations of Genesis 3:15.” Calvin Theological Journal 6: 194-203.

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