Can anyone point me to any detailed articles, books or theses that expound Genesis 2-3 as midrash; ie; the idea that the Eden-Fall story is a midrashic tale to explain creation and fall?

  • A Midrash of what - Midrash has no meaning unless the source is defined.
    – Dottard
    Oct 20, 2020 at 9:11
  • Search for genesis as allegory or allegorical, also Genesis as mytho-historical genre.
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    Jun 5, 2021 at 10:15

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For Midrash (מדרשׁ) about Chavah (חַוָּ֑ה) & Ha-Adam (הָֽאָדָ֛ם) from Bereishit (בראשית) Chapters 2-3, perhaps research commentaries by Rashi & other scholars @ [https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.3.20?with=Rashi&lang=bi&aliyot=0].

Rashi - Commentary on Bereishit 3:20 :

חוה EVE — חוה has the same sound as חיה (and similar meaning “life”) — she was so called because she gives life (birth) to her children; the interchange of ‘י and ‘ו is similar to that in (Ecclesiastes 2:22), מה הוה לאדם “for what hath a man”, where הוה is used in the sense of היה “to be.”

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