Adam, Satan, and the King of Tyre: The Interpretation of by Hector M Patmore

By Hector M Patmore

The oracle opposed to the King of Tyre, present in Ezekiel 28.12-19, is a tough textual content that encouraged different interpretations in overdue Antiquity. for instance, in keeping with one rabbinic culture the textual content noted the 1st guy, Adam, whereas the Church Fathers present in an identical textual content an outline of the autumn of devil. This publication reports the rabbinic resources, patristic literature, the Targum, and the traditional translations, and seeks to appreciate the explanations for the various interpretation, the interplay among the exegetical traditions and the groups of interpreters, particularly among Jews and Christians, and the impression the explicit shape and wording of the textual content had at the formation and improvement of every interpretation.

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Levi said in the name of R. Hama the son of Hanina: the Holy One, blessed be He, tied thirteen canopies for him in the Garden of Eden, as it says, You were in Eden, the garden of God, every precious stone was your hedge: carnelian, topaz, and onyx; yellow jasper, beryl, and jasper; sapphire, nophek, and emerald, and gold; [The] handiwork of your drums and your pipes on you. On the day you were created; they were established. (Ezek 28:13). R. Simeon b. Lakish said [there were] eleven [canopies], and our Rabbis say [there were] ten.

Yalkut Shimoni (Parasha Lech Lecha, 247). 4 records a dispute over whether the Hirah mentioned in Gen 38:1 is one and the same as Hiram mentioned in Kings/Chronicles. Both parties presuppose that the figure mentioned in Ezekiel 28 is the same Hiram. 4: “And turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah” (Gen 38:1). The Rabbis said: The Hirah mentioned here is the same that lived in the days of David; For Hiram was ever a lover of David (1 Kgs 5:15)—this man was well accustomed to be a lover of this tribe [Judah].

Nowhere is the great splendour enjoyed by Adam prior to his expulsion more apparent than in the tradition that God created a number of ‘canopies’ for Adam. The dispute between the rabbis as to the enumeration of the canopies is well attested throughout rabbinic literature. Leviticus Rabbah, a work the present form of which was probably initially redacted in the 5th century ce, and which is based principally on citations of other rabbinic sources,17 presents the rabbinic debate with the greatest clarity: R.

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