Ryan O'Hare, "God made Eve from Adam's penis and NOT his rib, claims religious academic", Mail Online (29 December 2015)


Oh well. Just once more...

I will, however, note that Dr. John Walton, author of The Lost World of Adam and Eve (a really good book), says that the OT usage of the Hebrew word heavily suggests that the translation should be "side", not "rib", and that it's "side" as in one side of two. So what the text probably means is: God cut Adam in half to make Eve! Bizarre! But to my mind that makes complete sense. Humanity is thus composed of two complementary halves, as in Genesis 1:27 - "So God created man (Adam) in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Incidentally, that Eve should come from Adam in the story makes good theological sense. In the symbolism, because Adam means Humanity (although it may also denote an actual person), it is necessary that Eve be derived from Adam, otherwise she would be the only person to be left outside the human family (as not "in Adam"). As Kierkegaard once said: "Adam is at once himself and the Race." Mind you, if it does mean "penis", that would be even more stimulating.
Image: "Hieronymus Bosch - adam & eve rock" by Ian Burt on Flickr (CC SA 2.0); resized, cropped

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