Searching for Our Human Face: Ascension of Human Flesh

Eclectic Orthodoxy

by Brian C. Moore, Ph.D.


There is a moment after the resurrection when Mary Magdalene comes upon the gardener. Amazed at the disappearance of the body of the beloved, she asks the gardener if he knows what has become of the flesh of Christ. Jesus calls to her. In being named, Mary suddenly recognizes the body of Christ. This is a very rich episode and I will only mention a few interesting elements. Surely, one is meant to notice a recapitulation. Adam as Edenic gardener was gifted with a cooperative creativity made manifest by the naming of the animals. In the Gospel episode, there is a hint of this naming, along with the recessed implication that exile has been overcome. Many different scholarly and ideological approaches have pondered over the warning, ‘noli me tangere.’ A lot of feminist ink has been spilled that misses the point. There is…

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2 Responses to Searching for Our Human Face: Ascension of Human Flesh

  1. Brian,

    I love your canonical analysis of the Garden of Eden and the Resurrection. I had the privilege of being a student under one of the most respected Old Testament scholars in OT studies, John Walton (Professor of OT, Wheaton College) his focus has been predominantly in Genesis. His descriptions of Genesis 1-2 explore the nexus between the Genesis cosmogony and the relevant Ancient Near Eastern context. What I find most compelling is his case for Genesis describing the cosmic Temple and the human role in the sanctum sanctorium of Eden. He doesn’t really emphasize the canonical and eschatological horizons of Genesis, however his work does serve as a fantastic exegetical case for those who do.

    These are a three of his most relevant works, posting links is a hassle but they are all available on Amazon (there is an Eisenbrauns book that is quite expensive but I am sure it is available on intra-library loan:

    Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology
    The Lost World of Genesis 1
    The Lost World of Adam and Eve


    • brian says:

      Thanks, Jedidiah. I reference John Walton in the Searching for Our Human Face series. It’s the Liturgy in the Wilderness essay. I admire Dr. Walton’s work.

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