Beside the story of Jesus, the story of Adam and Eve is probably the most popular. Their story is popular because it is believed that they were the first two people on earth. However, this concept is not necessarily the truth according to the first chapter of Genesis. Therefore, the idea of the woman (Eve) being created from the rib of the man can becomes quite questionable.
The story of Adam and Eve has several points proving that most people have little clue of what’s going on in it. In fact, the name Adam doesn’t appear as an English word until Genesis (Gen.) 2:19. I pointed out the English word because Adam is also a Hebrew word. So let me explain what I mean.
The first time we run across the word “man” is in Gen 1:26. It states, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” We automatically assume the word man relates to the male gender. Yet, the Hebrew word for man is “adam,” which means human being, humankind, or people. Adam can be singular or plural.
This brings us to the next verse. Gen 1:27 states, “So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.” As we read here, the man and male are 2 distinct elements. Furthermore, the verse points out that male and female were created. This is a twist to the story that is readily told. By reading it carefully and taking into account that “man” means human being; we should begin to see that there is no distinguishing point of who was created first. It only shows that both genders were created. Remember this is the story told before the actual Adam and Eve story.
If you are having a difficult time understanding what I’m saying, Gen 5:1-2 may assist you. It states that, “1This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.” Again, it explains that the name Adam isn’t necessarily speaking about a male. Adam can clearly be referring to a female just as well as a male.
This point alone challenges and can change the whole belief system. It takes the woman, female, wife, out of a subjugated position. In my next few post, I will discuss the importance of the woman beginning with the fact that she was the first one with knowledge.