|The Garden of Eden||
(3:1) "The serpent ... said unto the woman."|
A clever serpent talks to Eve about trees, death, and the knowledge of good
and evil. He persuades her to eat the forbidden fruit. She takes the first bite and
gets the full blame (3:12, 16).
(3:6) "When the woman saw that the tree was ... to be desired to
make one wise, she ... did eat."
Is wisdom a good thing?
(3:6) "And he did eat."
In 2:17 God said that if Adam eats from the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil, then the day that he does so, he will die. But Adam eats the forbidden fruit and yet lives for
another 930 years (5:5).
"They heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden."
God walks and talks (to himself?) in the
garden, and plays a little hide and seek with Adam and Eve.
Does God have a body?
Does God know everything?
"The woman ... gave me of the tree.... The
serpent beguiled me."
Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the serpent.
thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat."
God curses the serpent. From now on he will crawl on his belly and eat dust.
(3:15) "I will put enmity ... between thy seed and her seed."
The Two Seed Theory
"In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children. ... Thy husband ... shall rule over thee."
God punishes Eve, and all women after her, with the pains of childbirth and subjection to men.
What the Bible says about women's rights
(3:17) "Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife"
Adam is also punished, although less severely. He now will have to work for a living because he
"hearkened unto the voice" of his wife.
(3:17-18) "Thorns and thistles shall it
But God is not done cursing yet. He curses
the ground and causes thorns and thistles to grow. Before this, according to the (false) Genesis story, plants had no
natural defenses. The rose had no thorn, cacti were spineless, and nettles had no sting.
Foxgloves, oleander, and milkweeds were perfectly safe to eat.
(3:20) "The mother of all the living"
Is everyone descended from Adam and Eve?
(3:21) "The LORD God make coats of skins"
God kills some animals and makes some skin coats for Adam and Eve.
(3:22-24) "Behold, the man is become as one of us."
God expels Adam and Eve from the garden before
they get a chance to eat from that other tree -- the tree of life. God knows
that if they do that, they will live forever. A spooky thought indeed for an insecure god.
How many gods are there?
Although God told Adam not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (2:16-17), he
never told him not to eat from the Tree of Life. God said that Adam would die the day that he ate from the forbidden
tree (2:17). Well, Adam ate from that tree (3:6), so why was God worried that
Adam might eat from that other tree (the Tree of Life) and live forever?
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And
he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees
of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath
said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be
opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be
desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with
her; and he did eat.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked;
and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
And they heard the voice of the LORD
God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid
themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I
was naked; and I hid myself.
And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I
commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did
And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?
And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art
cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon
thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and
between thy seed and
her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in
sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he
shall rule over thee.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast
eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground
for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the
ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust
shalt thou return.
And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and
now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the
ground from whence he was taken.
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a
flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.