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If you were raised in my part of the world, I bet you know the story of Adam and Eve. They were the first man and woman God created (allegedly— Lilith might have something to say about it, depending on who you ask). Here’s a basic rundown of their story.

God created everything else before humans. Then he created Adam (and possibly Lilith). Adam was lonely (either because he was created alone or because Lilith left him), so God created Eve from one of Adam's ribs. Adam and Eve lived happily together in Eden, a paradise where they could have anything they wanted. Well, almost anything. The only rule was that they couldn’t eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They were curious about it, but they were told that they would die if they ate it, so they stayed away from the forbidden fruit.

Then a serpent comes up to Eve and tempts her into eating the fruit. Eve, in turn, tempts Adam into eating the fruit. They become ashamed of their naked bodies and cover up with leaves. God is mega-disappointed and kicks them out of Eden so they don't eat from the Tree of Life and live forever.

That's the basic story that everyone knows. But there are a lot of interesting details and possible translation errors that make the story a bit more thought-provoking.

For example, Eve was taken from Adam's rib. But the word we translated as "rib" actually means "side," which is much more general. In fact, this is apparently the only place in the Bible where the word "tzela" is translated as "rib." In all other uses, it is used to describe the side of something. Is it possible that God took half of Adam's body to create Eve? This would fit perfectly if we go with the idea that Adam and Eve originally shared the same body.

There's even an argument to be made for the idea that Eve was created with Adam's penis bone, which is why humans don't have one today even though most other mammals do. This makes sense in some ways; for one, the translation issue we've already discussed, but also the fact that the penis is used in reproduction to help create life. Eve's original Hebrew name, Chavah, is even related to the word "chai," meaning "life." A part of the penis being used to create Eve (life) makes perfect sense. The penis bone argument is not definitive and is argued against by many scholars, but personally I find it pretty persuasive.

Then there's also how much of this is meant to be about literally two people. "Adam" means "man" or "humankind." Chavah means "life." Did God create Adam and Eve or did He create humans and life? Is this all just an allegory for life in general?

Let's assume it's really about two people. Where did Adam and Eve go after they were kicked out of Eden? The Bible tells us the story of Cain and Abel, Adam and Eve's children, but that's the last we really hear about them. And, naturally, we heard more about Adam than about Eve. So what's Eve's story?

Wellllllll if you ask many occultists (and some Christians), they'll tell you that Eve had an affair with the serpent/Satan and that Cain was born from that union. This is why Cain was "evil" enough to kill his brother. This is why the "mark of Cain" is considered an unholy thing. Unfortunately, this very interesting theory has been used to spread racism and hatred. If you follow this rabbit hole, be sure to avoid falling into that trap. The world doesn't need any more racist jerks.

Back to Eve... she's an interesting figure, I think. A lot of people find her bland. Just a generic woman to "give to" the man in the story. But a lot of people also see her as some kind of evil temptress. So which is it? She's naive and believed the serpent because she's an airhead or she's cunning and purposely caused Adam's transgression?

I... almost lean towards the second. Not that she's a bad person, necessarily, but that she ate the fruit, which caused her to learn the difference between right and wrong, and then she gave it to Adam. The intentions aren't completely clear. Did she want to cause the downfall of mankind? ('Cause babe, same.) Or, and this is my personal belief, did she think this was the right thing to do?

I could go on about that, but I think I'm rambling at this point. However you feel about Eve, she's clearly an important character in the creation story. For better or for worse, she changed the world.

I think that's about it for this post.

Stay safe! - me

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