Is Genesis 3 a Fall Story?

Terence E. Fretheim

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1994

Issue: Genesis (Vol. 14, No 2, Spring, 1994)

The word “fall” is not found in Genesis 3. The traditional view of the story is heavily dependent upon post-Old Testament interpretation, both in Judaism (Sir 25:24; Wis 2:24; cf. 2 Esdr 3:7-22; 7:118) and the New Testament (Rom 5:12-21; 1 Cor 15:21-22, 45-49), mediated to us through Augustine, the reformers, and others. This essay questions if whether, as many have recently suggested, this traditional interpretation does violence to the text.

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