For years we have crucified Eve for convincing Adam to eat the so-called apple. I think it’s time that we reexamine the story. I’m going to free her from the false charges that many of us have accused her of. When I do this, I will show that the male Adam was not the first true intellectual, but he wasn’t a dummy neither.
As the story goes, the female Adam was taken from the rib of the male Adam. She was created to stop his loneliness. Yet, this story is veiled is symbolism. It is the teaching of duality. Prior to the story, everything had extreme opposites (i.e. night and day; light and darkness; etc.) that all began from one source, God. The Adam and Eve story reiterates a singular turning into a dual nature, eventually collapsing back into an act (sex) to create a singular (Cain).
So let’s first establish that Eve (the female Adam) was supposedly not created until Gen 2:21-22, “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.” The Lord God formed man in Gen 2:7, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” The Hebrew word for form is “yatsar,” which means to mold into a form; espec. As a potter; fig. to determine (i.e. form a resolution)- earthen, fashion, form, frame, make, potter, purpose. As we read this definition, it doesn’t say created. As I wrote in “Jesus’ Initiation,” this seems to be an initiation as well. Sometimes when we use words like mold or fashion, we are referring to teaching a person or preparing the person for a certain purpose. Further in the blog “Adam the 1st Man,” we read that male and female were already created.
The question becomes: can I prove that an initiation was occurring? This brings me to Gen 2:9 which states that, “And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” The key phrase is “the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” This is the tree that supposedly bared the apple causing the Adams to be cursed.
I further question: why the word “LORD” is capitalized? In my mind, it’s capitalized to give a hint of its importance which I will explain later. Journeying further into this story, we will see why. The LORD God told the man not to eat of this tree in Gen 2:16-17, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Remember in this story, the female Adam wasn’t created unitl Gen 2:21. This means the male Adam knew about the tree before she was taken from his rib. Consequently, the male Adam was much more responsible.
According to the sequence of this story, it seems that the male Adam informed female Adam of the LORD God’s instruction about the tree. Then in Gen 3 that evil creature called the serpent appears. It strikes up a conversation. It begins talking about this tree. The female Adam informs the serpent that the LORD God said the tree is not to be eaten from. Subsequently, if they eat from it, they would surely die. The serpent sarcastically claims that it wasn’t true. In other words, the LORD God was pulling a fast one on the Adams. The story states,
The female Adam became curious. So she ate from it (Gen 3:6 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.).
Verse 6 clearly shows that she ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil first. This is showing us that the female had gained a higher knowledge before the male. This aligns with some Afrocentric scholars argument that women were the first with higher levels of knowledge such as math. She gave the fruit to the male Adam. In other words, she taught the male Adam. I know this is a hard pill to swallow. But let’s continue.
After they ate from the tree, their eyes were open. Both of them gained a wealth of knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3:7 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.). They earned the right to wear their apron. Their mind was no longer destitute (naked) of knowledge. In ancient practices such as Egyptian priesthood, the apron symbolized a high level of knowledge. In this case the knowledge was the law of “good and evil,” a duality teaching.
The LORD God had to admit that the male Adam and female Adam were like him. It states in Gen 3:22, “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…” As we have just read, the serpent actually told the female Adam the truth because they didn’t immediately die. (Side note: the connection between the woman and the serpent is of importance in the Aquarian Age.). The phrase of living forever means the knowledge not necessarily the human body.
Now let’s look at the word LORD again. The Hebrew word for LORD is Yahweh. I was taught that Yah means good and Weh means evil. Therefore, the phrase that states, “they are like one of us, to know good and evil” means the Adams gained the title of Lord. This is why they were given their apron. After gaining this knowledge, they had to move out of the garden. They had passed the level of knowing good and evil. This is similar to passing from the 1st grade to the 2nd grade.
Once again, this was an initiation. The female Adam was elevated to focusing on the knowledge of child birth. The male Adam gave her the name Eve, mother of all living things. The Hebrew name for Eve is Hawwah, which means tribal leader. I will stand on my square and say that the woman is the leader of the house. On the other hand, the male Adam once had a higher level of knowledge than Eve. Now, his knowledge seems to have been elementary. Then he was elevated to focus on learning the science of the land. The story seems to be harsh, but learning something new can be just as harsh.
In this section, we first come across the husband should rule over the wife (Gen 3:16 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.). It doesn’t say the male should rule over the female. Again, we have adapted a concept that isn’t present at this point.
In fact, we use the word “rule” too broadly, especially if the wife is as knowledgeable as the husband. Furthermore, the verse did not say “the husband has dominion over his wife.” Thus I caution you to how you interpret the meaning of this section. My argument is simple. They both went through an initiation and were mature enough to become one. They didn’t have to be held by the hand anymore.