Heavenly hermaphrodites: sexual difference at the beginning and end of time

@article{Devun2018HeavenlyHS,
  title={Heavenly hermaphrodites: sexual difference at the beginning and end of time},
  author={Leah Devun},
  journal={postmedieval},
  year={2018},
  volume={9},
  pages={132-146}
}
  • Leah Devun
  • Published 1 June 2018
  • History
  • postmedieval
This article examines how ancient and medieval Christians invoked ideas about ‘hermaphrodites’ to work out fundamental questions about who we are as humans. What was the original or ideal state of humanity? Was the division of sex into male and female an inherent part of human nature? Certain Christian theologians, beginning in antiquity, claimed that Adam – the first human, according to the biblical book of Genesis – was an ‘androgyne’ or ‘hermaphrodite,’ that is, a combination of male and… 
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