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dc.contributor.authorWagner-Tsukamoto, Sigmund-
dc.identifier.citationOld Testament Essays, 2012, 25 (3), pp. 705-736 (32)en
dc.description.abstractThe paper identifies economic structures for the paradise story which Buchanan’s constitutional economics termed “natural distribution states” and escalating prisoner’s dilemma (PD) games. I constructed game matrices for God’s and Adam & Eve’s decisions to respect or not to respect the rights of the other party. For Adam and Eve, the matrices specify decisions regarding theft from the “divine” trees. For God, punishment options in reaction to Adam and Eve’s theft are paid special attention to. As regards how storytelling was set up at the outset of the Old Testament, the paper shows that the paradise story avoided a “game over” scenario in which Adam and Eve either were killed or were elevated to become gods themselves. In as much as a natural distribution state (even a PD outcome) prevailed as a result of these paradise interactions, I argue that this heuristically set up further storytelling about fairer social contracting between God and humans in the Old Testament.en
dc.publisherThe Old Testament Society in Southern Africaen
dc.rightsCopyright © 2012 The Old Testament Society in Southern Africa. Deposited with the permission of the publisher. The author's final draft is permitted in an institutional repository, after a 6 month embargo period.en
dc.subjectParadise Storyen
dc.subjectPrisoner’s Dilemmaen
dc.subjectNatural Distribution Statesen
dc.subjectConstitutional Economicsen
dc.subjectJames Buchananen
dc.titleAfter the Theft: Natural Distribution States and Prisoner's Dilemmas in the Paradise Storyen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
pubs.organisational-group/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCEen
pubs.organisational-group/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/School of Managementen
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