Kenneth Burke (essay date 1958)
SOURCE: “On the First Three Chapters of Genesis,” Daedalus, Vol. 87, Summer, 1958, pp. 37-64.
[In the following essay, Burke offers an examination of the covenants depicted in Genesis, focusing primarily on the nature of disorder, temptation, and man's “fall.”]
INTRODUCTION: ON COVENANT AND ORDER
We want so to relate the ideas of Creation, Covenant, and Fall that they can be seen to implicate one another inextricably, along with ideas of Sacrifice and Redemption.
Creation implies authority in the sense of originator, the designer or author of the things created.
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