Gospels of Deconstructed Adamic Myth

By: Ignatius Jesudasan

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In the present volume, author ventures into the challenging task by identifying and unveiling the ideological underpinnings operative in the construction and deconstruction of the Adamic myth in the Judeo-Christian scenario. He delves deep into the intricacies of the literary forms of myths, metaphors and Midrash involved in interpreting, legitimizing, or reinforcing later-day ethno-historical claims of a particular group of people against the prevailing amicable or inimical background. The ideological assertions of these literary forms, enforcing the consciously chosen traditional or hereditary authority, seek to overpower the currently popular, rational, legitimate or democratic authority. At this juncture, one cannot turn a blind eye to the legitimate or questionable political transactions on the ideological sites by the powers vying with each other to gain the dominant space. In exposing these ideological interplays, the author deploys the tools from the world of the biblical, mythological, theological, literary, historical, anthropological, linguistic, and hermeneutical disciplines. CONTENTS Acknowledgements (v) Foreword (vii) Preface (x) 1. The Adamic Myth as a Midrashically 1 Made Metaphor Narrative Midrash Midrash as Prophecy Midrash as Deconstruction Midrash as Paraphrase and Parable Midrash as Allusive Metaphor How Midrash Makes up the Adamic Myth Midrash as Ideology Midrash, Myth and History Context of Midrash and History-Writing Biblical Faith as a History-making Midrash or Myth New Testament Faith as another History-making Midrash and Myth The Ethno-ethical Significance of Midrash as Text-and-Event 2. The Adamic Myth as Allegorised Israeli History 25 Adamic Myth as a Parable Midrash as Metaphorical Transfiguration of the Unique into Universal Prophecy and the Mythic-midrashic Pattern Judgement as Metaphor to Reinforce Deuteronomist Theology of History 3. The Christological Sequel to the Adamic Myth 37 Mistaking of Allegorised Myth as Literal History The Christological Sequel in Paul Critique of the Literalist Understanding End of Adamic Myth and the Gospel?s Opening 4. The Gospels as Deconstructions of the Adamic Myth 49 Myth and History The Seven-phased Biblical Israeli History Six Phases in the Adamic Myth The Seven-Phased Gospel Narrations 5. Annunciation as Deconstruction of Eve?s Temptation 69 Luke 1: 26-38 as Midrash on Gen 3: 1-24 Parallel Contrastive Structure of the Two Scenes Midrashic Connection of Lu 1: 26-38 and Gen 3: 1-24 to the Resurrection 6. Adam and Joseph?s Dream-angel in 85 Matthew?s Gospel Midrash as Addressing Contextual Issues Adamic Midrash as Christological in its Salvation Theme Christ, the Midrashic Metaphor, Revealing the Gospel Audience Midrashim of New Existential Necessity Joseph?s Doubt about Mary as Midrash on Adam and Eve 7. The Serpent?s Allusive Return after Jesus? Baptism 95 Jesus? Mid-life Crisis Baptismal Theophany as the Summing up of Prophecies Midrashim of Existential Necessity Demystifying the Baptismal Theophany Temptations of Jesus as an Ironic Adamic Midrash Midrash of the Triple Temptations of Jesus Discerned Baptismal Link to the Death on the Cross Midrashic Universalism of Christhood Anti-Semitic Churches and Christian Scriptures Jesus? Choice to be the Suffering Servant-Messiah 8. The Cross, which Undid the Curses in the 113 Garden of Eden The Crucifixion Scene in Luke Claim of Justification through the Law Justification through Prayer of Faith Midrashic Irony on Good and Evil from the Cross The Cross and the Trees in the Paradise-Garden Divine versus Human Authority Paradise Themes in John?s Passion Narrative Midrash of the Woman under the Paradise-Garden Tr Printed Pages: 228.

Title: Gospels of Deconstructed Adamic Myth

Author Name: Ignatius Jesudasan

Categories: Philosophy, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Global Vision Publishing House: 2009

ISBN: 8182202655

ISBN 13: 9788182202658

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 110053

Keywords: Gospels of Deconstructed Adamic Myth Ignatius Jesudasan