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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 83. What Is Reception Criticism and How Is It Practiced in Hebrew Bible Scholarship?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44945


Genesis 3 does not mention an original sin. Eve is not solely responsible for the expulsion from the garden. If so, where do these ideas come from? How are they amplified in art, literature, music, film, and advertising? Reception criticism shows how the Bible still holds sway in a secular world and how biblical texts continue to amplify systems of power. It unearths counter-readings.

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