In this study the story of the temptation of Adam and Eve is placed in the wider context as a prelude to the Pentateuch. The article wants to demonstrate its significance for Israel as the people of God. It sees the two trees in the Garden of Eden as part of retribution theology functioning in the same way as the blessing and curse of Moses.
The function of symbolism in Old Testament narrative is treated in this article in the case of Samson killing of a lion (Judges 14). Emmrich argues that it has greater significance than to authenticate Samson's calling as judge or to provide a demonstration of Samson’s strength. Literary and thematic parallels between Judges 14:5-6, 8, and Judges 15:14-19 are examined.