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"... hilarious but always thoughtful, this is a wonderful read, a worthy addition to the literature of religion and culture."―Publishers Weekly

"A very engaging and readable book. Through their exploration of Christian and secular appropriations of the Eden narrative within the context of contemporary American advertising, dating websites, humor, and the sex industry, Schearing and Ziegler offer a thought-provoking contribution to ongoing studies of the Bible in popular culture."―Caroline Blyth, Lecturer in Biblical Studies, School of Theology, University of Auckland

"A fascinating look at how the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden still influences our culture, from the Christian wife-spanking movement and online dating to Madison Avenue advertising and the jokes we love to tell. Oh my!"―Betty A. DeBerg, Professor of Religion and Director of National Study of Campus Ministries, University of Northern Iowa

"From online dating to erotic wife spanking and from the advertising industry to the adult entertainment business, Schearing and Ziegler guide us on an entertaining romp through deftly the intricate maze of pop culture's use of the Garden of Eden story. The breadth of coverage is balanced by depth of insight, making it a treat for veteran and novice reader alike. Who thought there could be a fresh, engaging, and enlightening book on such a well worn text!"―Mark Roncace, Associate Professor of Religion, Wingate University

"Written in a clear, engaging style straddling academic and popular readership, this book is a welcome addition to all collections."―Choice

"an analytical, often hilarious and occasionally touching, look at the first couple's continuing influence in our culture."―Greg Carey, Huffington Post

"... a fastinating and insightful look at the roots of Western culture."―Library Bookwatch

"Reading Enticed by Eden is an enlightening experience."―Robert Comwall, Ponderings on a Faith Journey

"Enticed by Eden presents the story of Adam, Eve, and the Garden of Eden in some new and surprising ways. Adam and Eve become the butt of jokes, the topic of ads, and the name of popular adult entertainment store; Eden becomes a land of romance. Whether it's finding a Christian mate, selling tobacco, or even spanking your wife, Schearing and Ziegler have provided a lively discussion on the commodification of one of the Bible's most familiar stories."―Leslie Levin, Associate Professor of Business Management, Marymount Manhattan College

About the Author

Linda S. Schearing is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Gonzaga University.

Valarie H. Ziegler is Professor of Religious Studies, DePauw University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press (January 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602585431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602585430
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,852,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this extremely readable book, Linda Schearing (Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, Gonzaga University) and Valarie Ziegler (Professor of Religious Studies and Women's Studies, DePauw University) examine the ways that Christian and secular culture both compete and conspire to redefine, recreate, and recycle the symbolism, characters, and themes of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, the snake, and the forbidden fruit. As a philologically-inclined textual scholar, I was slightly disappointed at the lack of textual and exegetical analysis in the book, but this was obviously not one of the goals of the book, and it undoubtedly made the book more accessible to the non-academic reader. Furthermore, the authors' analysis of the interactions of contemporary Western culture with ancient scripture was for the most part extremely insightful and engaging (I will address a few complaints below).

The book is organized into two halves, with three comically-named chapters in each half. The first half, termed "Recreating Eden," analyzes the ways that contemporary Christians find in Genesis 1-3 prescriptions for gender roles, sexual norms, and proper Christian dating or courtship practices, and attempt to impose those ideals on contemporary society. These chapters focus specifically on what the authors consistently refer to as "conservative evangelical Christians," but I would I would identify these groups as "fundamentalist" or "extremely conservative."

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The second half, termed "Recycling Eden," deals with the use of the themes and characters in the Eden story in popular culture, including jokes, advertising, and the entire adult industry.
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Ziegler and Schearing hit a home run all the way DOWNTOWN with their scholarly research and witty discourse. The CDD chapter was particularly interesting and makes points that really stick.
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I only read the first few pages of the book. It had been recommended to me by a female minister.
I believed that if I spent any more time reading, it would not be worthy of my time/interest.
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