Hidden Global Analysis In Genesis 3

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Hidden global analysis
We need to read the first two chapter of Genesis in order to understand the basic setting of the whole story in Genesis 3. It is the story of God’s creation of heaven and earth and all the living, then the fall of the first human beings brought the human tragedy: suffering, conflict and destination.
This biblical story contents many elements/motifs of a story of ancient Near East that we need to know with a commentary! For example, where is the location of Eden? How do the ancient people understand human life and explain human suffering?
Plot (local analysis) It is clear to see two sets of conversation (scene) in Genesis 3: The first is between the woman and the snake to introduce the conflict of eating/not eating the
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It was smart and malicious in the way it starts the conversation with the woman: “Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat from any of the trees in the garden’?” (v. 1b). By using one word “any,” the snake left a big gap of information for the woman who wanted to correct the snake’s wrong knowledge. With its pretense, the snake successfully drew the woman to its “equator” of deeper dialogue. As its prediction, the woman responded without any hesitation that they might eat the fruit of the trees except for the tree in the middle of the garden (vv. 2-3). The snake went on to explain to the woman the benefits of eating fruit of the forbidden tree, which would bring life and wisdom to human (vv. 4-5). This was a clever persuasion to the woman’s desire with a double effects that she then convinces her husband, and they both fell into the trap (v. 6). Why does not the snake start to tempt the husband first? Perhaps, the snake may know that beginning with the woman first, then from her, will easily catch her husband as well. If this is true, a psychological research about gender differences to persuasion is helpful here because it talks more about the biblical author(s)’ intention and …show more content…
He was passive and became the secondary victim of the story. The story does not show how the woman convinced her husband to eat the forbidden fruit (v. 6b). There were two possible suppositions: First, the woman might lovely persuade her husband to eat the fruit before revealing her conversation with the snake. Among the thousand trees in the garden, the husband might be not aware of the forbidden fruit when he ate it. This first supposition needs less persuasion of the woman. Second, the husband might be aware of the danger of eating the fruit, and he also knew about his wife conversation with the snake, but he was convinced by his wife, then he ate it after his consideration. This supposition needs more persuasion of the woman. If the second supposition was true, the man most likely were the active and intensive victim of this “deadly game.” In either way, they both had to face the consequences of their fall which sentenced by

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