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Hidden Truths from Eden: Esoteric Readings of Genesis 1-3
Caroline Vander Stichele, Susanne Scholz, editors
SemeiaSt 76
Publication Date
October 2014


Examine a rich history of spiritual interpretations from antiquity to the present

Since the sixteenth century CE, the field of biblical studies has focused on the literal meaning of texts. This collection seeks to rectify this oversight by integrating the study of esoteric readings into academic discourse. Case studies focusing on the first three chapters of Genesis cover different periods and methods from early Christian discourse through zoharic, kabbalistic and alchemical literature to modern and post-postmodern approaches.


  • Discussions, comparisons, and analyses of esoteric appropriations of Genesis 1–3
  • Essays on creation myths, gender, fate and free will, the concepts of knowledge, wisdom, and gnosis
  • Repsonses to papers that provide a range of view points

Caroline Vander Stichele is universitair docent at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her publications include the co-edited Creation and Creativity: From Genesis to Genetics and Back (Sheffield Phoenix).

Susanne Scholz is Professor of Old Testament at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. She is the author and editor of numerous works, including most recently Sacred Witness: Rape in the Hebrew Bible (Fortress).

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