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A VARIETY OF MOTIFS When most people begin to read the Bible chances are that the first time around they will not be able to catch all or any of the patterns and symbols that are displayed That is probably because individuals typically dont really care to look for them when they are first introduced to the Bible However if close attention is paid it becomes easy to notice aspects of literature such as persistent subjects that show up more than once The book of Genesis contains numerous different situations that become motifs because of their recurrence throughout the book and the entire Bible Although there are many punishment feuds among family members and miraculous childbirths are specifically highlighted First of all the topic of judgment stands out from others because it is the primary circumstance in the Bible to be repeated Adam and Eve are the first people to be condemned because of their disobedience God had given them life in paradise under one single restriction they are not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil 216 However the crafty serpent which in this instance symbolizes satan tempts Eve into eating from the tree and she then convinces Adam to do the same When God sees that they have broken the rule He curses the serpent Cursed are you you will crawl on your belly andeat dust all the days of your life He punishes Eve and ultimately all women by giving her greater pains in childbearing and by designating her husband to rule over her He burdens Adam with painful toil for the rest of his life As well God finally drives them east out of the Garden of Eden Later when Cain killed his brother Abel out of jealousy and envy he is sentenced to wander the earth restlessly Also he was made unable to harvest food from the ground God however shows mercy to
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