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Title: The paradise story: A constitutional economic reconstruction
Authors: Wagner-Tsukamoto, Sigmund
First Published: Dec-2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2009, 34 (2), pp. 147-170
Abstract: This article draws on constitutional political economy, especially the works of James Buchanan, in order to analyze the paradise story. This study applies constitutional economic concepts such as Hobbesian anarchy, predation behaviour, the natural distribution state, (dis-)armament investments, and constitutional contract. The purpose of this reconstruction is to better understand why ultimately the interactions between God and Adam & Eve broke down. This article demonstrates that the Old Testament is rather modern in this respect, choosing a destructive conflict model at the outset. This provides a reference point for subsequent Bible stories when developing new, fairer, and more equally negotiated constitutional contracts between God and humans (especially through the new covenants of Genesis).
DOI Link: 10.1177/0309089209356416
ISSN: 0309-0892
eISSN: 1476-6728
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2009 SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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