[Milton-L] Biblical Scholarship

Kevin J Donovan kdonovan at mtsu.edu
Tue Aug 24 17:43:00 EDT 2010

Arnold Williams, The Common Expositor (1948), pp. 66-67, cites Pareus, 
Calvin, Pererius, and Willett as agreeing in their way of reconciling the 
two accounts, interpreting the first as "a summary and anticipation of the 
second." He doesn't address the issue of priority nor how the discrepancy 
might have been explained (away) by patristic, scholastic, or rabbinic 

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Rovira" <jamesrovira at gmail.com>
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 4:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Biblical Scholarship

> I'm not a Biblical scholar, but from what I understand, there's some
> recognition of differences between Genesis 1 and 2 in midrash and
> other Jewish commentary prior to the 17thC.  I just moved and all of
> my theological books are in boxes right now, otherwise I might be able
> to come up with names and dates.  Off the top of my head,  Alexander
> Geddes comes to mind as an early English commentator who would be open
> to this kind of observation, but he's 18thC.  See his Critical Remarks
> on the Hebrew Scriptures.  I am unsure what he says about Gen. 1 and
> 2.  Origen attacks literal readings of the Genesis account in the
> 2nd-3rd century in his On First Principles -- see the opening
> paragraphs of Bk IV, ch. III -- but I don't recall if he notices
> differences between Gen. 1 and 2 elsewhere in his commentary.
> Jim R
> On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 4:50 PM,  <wmmoeck at aol.com> wrote:
>> Dear Milton List,
>> A question for the biblical scholars among you:
>> It has long been recognized by critics of Paradise Lost that the texts of
>> Genesis on which it based, chapters 1 and 2, are inconsistent. Adam is
>> created after the animals in chapter 1 but before the animals in chapter 
>> 2.
>> Which biblical scholar of the seventeenth century first observed this
>> discrepancy? (I am assuming it to be 17th c scholar.) Thanks.
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