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Sawyer examines the 'New Adam' in Pauline theology by directing her attention to the hermeneutics of the first-century writer against the background of the biblical text. She demonstrates the interpretative modes, especially the typological, employed in the Epistles in the cementing of the relationship of Jesus with the biblical Adam. In my chapter, I trace the textual explorations of the rabbis, with particular reference to three historical phases in Jewish interpretation. Beginning with midrashic sources, I consider the central notion of exile, both of man and God, and its associations in the text and its interpretation.

14), and even here God responds to Cain's prayer. Conclusion We have looked at two particular themes contained within our section. That of 'separations' continues a topic of ch. 1 and runs through the whole section. The second one involves the changing status of the man and woman before God and in a typically biblical way is connected to concrete images and words (nakedness/clothing) rather than to abstract expressions or concepts. Our starting point has been the close reading of some parts of the section, but there are a number of other elements that could be similarly explored.

In my chapter, I trace the textual explorations of the rabbis, with particular reference to three historical phases in Jewish interpretation. Beginning with midrashic sources, I consider the central notion of exile, both of man and God, and its associations in the text and its interpretation. Reference is also made to the 'theological' implications of the commandments held to have been given to Adam, and thus to all humanity, based on the rabbinic exegesis of Gen. 16, and the part that the text plays in Jewish religious practice.

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