Monday, February 11, 2008


Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"
The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'"

Who told her that she couldn't even touch it or she would die? Not God. (At least no where in any of the accounts I've read.) God actually gave the command to Adam. Maybe Adam embellished it when he conveyed the message, adding his own spin. Or Eve did. Another thing... just being recently made, how did they know about death anyway?

The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

Okay... here's the question: It clearly states that Eve ate first. Then she gave the fruit to Adam. Theoretically her eyes would have been opened first and she would have known about good and evil before he did. Yet she gave him the fruit anyway. Why? Does misery just love company? Or did he actually say " Hey! No way I'm going to sit by and let you be smarter than me. Hand it over!"


HeyJules said...

Good questions! Why DID she give it to Adam if she was so instantly enlightened?'s what always drives me insane...if she instantly became so smart and knew everything why are we so in the dark about it all? If we have to share in the penalty, why don't we get to share in the intellect??? Hmmm???

Pat said...

So maybe this is really a story about the conflict between men and women????

Claire Joy said...

Unfortunately it might give credence to the whole "she made me do it" theme. (Damn)