This paper analyzes the Eden narrative (Genesis 2:4b-3:24) as a philosophical account of the origins and extent of political obligation and the consequences of its breach. The strong (but not unlimited) form of obligation identified in the text would have been congenial to the interests of the leaders under whose auspices the narrative appears to have been compiled and preserved.
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Miller, Geoffrey P., "Origin of Obligation: Genesis 2:4b-3:24" (2009). New York University Public Law and Legal Theory Working Papers. Paper 157.