Echoing Eden: Design Patterns and Spiritual Beings in the Torah and Prophets

In this lecture we will explore Genesis 3-11, paying attention to what biblical scholars call “narrative analogy.” The biblical authors often coordinate later biblical texts with earlier ones by introducing shared vocabulary, motifs, and themes, so that the reader is invited to compare them. These analogies in Genesis 3-11 create a foundational portrait of the human and spiritual rebellion that is constantly echoed and drawn upon in the rest of the Torah and Prophets.