By Paul Morris
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7. One of the strangest features of the use of the motifs from the garden of Eden narrative is the way in which the iconographical and other presentations become detached, as it were, from their contexts and take on seemingly independent existences. Aspects of our popular culture, past and present, are pervaded by Edenic images, and although the sources are almost always obscured they still disseminate 'popular' theologies. This area has yet to be researched in any systematic fashion. In popular music, we not only find contemporary life identified with the biblical narratives but interpretations of the 'theological' issues raised by the text.
A distinction is made between rnton n'n bo (all living creatures of the field) and n'oson *]1J? *73 (all birds of the heavens). However, in the process of naming them, Adam subdivides this first category into two parts. ' Is this a significant distinction between 'cattle' and 'living creatures of the field'? One possible understanding would be to view the 'cattle' here as a generic term for domesticated animals, those which have a permanent relationship with man, while the phrase 'all living creatures of the field' refers to all others (cf.
10 In broader terms, many questions of human consciousness are raised here, as well as our curiosity and ability to rationalize—but are these condemned or celebrated or MAGONET The Themes of Genesis 2-3 45 both? Certainly the subtlety of the snake's technique deserves further discussion both for the way the text seems to appreciate it and for the more difficult question of how far it is perceived by the writer as internal or external to the woman's thought processes. 2. Although scholars have had difficulties with the presence of two trees in the garden, they help us focus on the question of man's limited life span—a topic explored not only in this section but within the whole of the opening chapters of Genesis with the different ages of the antediluvian and postdiluvian figures.