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Adam, as the prototype of common humankind, obtains in the form of ‘curses’ the perpetuation of species, therefore immortality, not of the individual person but of the human community. The ‘curse’ of women consists of the pains of childbirth and the ‘curse’ of men consists of the hard work of getting food. Now, childbirth and food, generation and nourishment, are the ways in which humankind sur33 34 In stating that the statement is ‘displaced’, I mean that the expulsion that immediately and correctly follows (Gen.

The ‘curse’ of women consists of the pains of childbirth and the ‘curse’ of men consists of the hard work of getting food. Now, childbirth and food, generation and nourishment, are the ways in which humankind sur33 34 In stating that the statement is ‘displaced’, I mean that the expulsion that immediately and correctly follows (Gen. 3:23) is already presupposed by the ‘curses’ that precede it (Gen. 3:16–19). The entire passage of Gen. 3:20–24 is a secondary conclusion, poorly attached to the preceding plot.

We shall see that Telipinu used the same invasion by the Hurrians in order to portray a phase of disintegration of the kingdom immediately before his reign. But a similar invasion already took place, perhaps for the first time, during the model reign of Hattushili. That reign was thus neither harmonious nor unaffected by external threats. It is less easy to check the explanation given in the Edict for subsequent events, because there are no texts from the reigns of Hantili to Huzziya. From the Edict we gain the impression that Hantili’s reign was rather long, and that the king was militarily engaged in Syria and on the Euphrates.

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