Origin of Obligation: Genesis 2:4b-3:24
Geoffrey P. Miller
New York University School of Law
October 26, 2009
NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 09-60
This paper analyzes the Eden narrative (Genesis 2:4b-3:24) as a philosophical account of the origins and extent of political obligation and the consequences of its breach. The strong (but not unlimited) form of obligation identified in the text would have been congenial to the interests of the leaders under whose auspices the narrative appears to have been compiled and preserved.
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Date posted: November 4, 2009 ; Last revised: August 24, 2011
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