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Stephen Greenblatt on the Enduring Influence of the Bible's Adam and Eve

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John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities Stephen Greenblatt is pictured in his Cambridge home. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Many of us think we know the biblical story of Adam and Eve and its themes of original sin, temptation and exile. But the story has a complicated history, beginning as a Babylonian creation myth and later taking on literal meaning for medieval and Renaissance Catholics. In his new book “The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve”, award-winning Harvard University humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt excavates the origins and retellings of the ancient tale to illustrate how it continues to shape Western culture.

Stephen Greenblatt, professor of humanities at Harvard University, author of “The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve”; His other books include the Pulitzer prize-winning “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern.”


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