Evil thoughts as movement on the surface of an extended sea of wickedness

Anssi Voitila


We encounter two statements concerning human inclination towards evil at the beginning of the flood story and in its epilogue in Genesis 6 and 8. These assertions display interesting differences between the MT and the Septuagint. Starting with the description itself of the inclination in which the MT considers the human mind to be permanently in a state of wickedness while the Septuagint portrays it as being in (constant) movement towards the evil, my paper will analyse this representation of human condition in the Septuagint and its metaphoric dimensions in the frames of the Greek Flood story.


evil, wickedness, metaphor, Theology of the Septuagint

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