Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University Capitol Hill
Mon., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. 2017
Recommended by Rich Smith
The only thing more fascinating than the story of Adam and Eve is the story of the story of Adam and Eve, at least as Pulitzer Prize–winning, National Book Award–winning Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt lays it out in his meticulously researched and wonderfully wrought book The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. Over the course of thousands of years, different cultures have interpreted and emphasized different parts of this strange origin tale to suit their ends and deepen their existential mysteries, and Greenblatt rolls you through all of them. I’m only halfway through this book, but here are my favorite pieces of fact-candy so far. (1) Some cultures think that the snake wasn’t a snake but a fabulous camel. (2) The word “sin” doesn’t appear in Genesis until Cain kills Abel, which raises the question of how “original” the original sin was. I’m sure there will be plenty more to learn at this reading.
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