The Pauline corpus makes weighty claims about Adam, affirming humanity’s value as the handiwork of God as well as facing its dismal corruption due to sin. This creational narrative culminates for Paul in Jesus the Messiah whom he often casts as the second Adam (Rom 5; 1 Cor 15). Jesus is, in the language of Gen 1, the image of God, the one who affirms that which is good in humanity and the one who releases them from that which has bound them. None doubt that Paul includes the women to whom he is writing in this reality. They too are mortal and, in Christ, will become immortal. Death has lost its sting for all. Yet, the male particularity of the protagonists, Adam and Jesus, raises questions about sexual difference. In this paper, Amy Peeler (Wheaton College) investigates the place of Eve in Paul’s recounting of the creation narrative as a comparison with the way in which women are included in the redemption brought by the second Adam, Jesus the Messiah.
This talk was delivered on Thursday, February 10 at Exploring Personhood: What Is a Human Being? Exploring Personhood began with the authority of the Scriptures and Christian theology. We then invited perspectives from the sciences (biology, genetics, psychology, cognitive science, and anthropology) and humanities (ethics, biblical studies, philosophy, and theology). Our aim was to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue on the Imago Dei, the unity and diversity of the human race, and embodiment — all for the glory of God and the good of the world.