Gert Melville

Life Configurations in the Middle Ages between Divine Acting and Human Self-Determination

The key to the self-evaluation of the medieval human is evident in the beginnings of his race: Adam and Eve’s rebellion had led all their descendants into the “depravity of death.” Through the tradition of the Bible, we learn that the first human to be punished by an earthly existence outside Paradise was already labeled as guilty by the words God spoke to Adam after the Fall of Man: “And to Adam he said,

Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain, you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles ...

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