First Hand Knowledge

Did Eve get first hand knowledge not to eat of the fruit, or did she get it second hand from Adam, since she wasn’t even created yet when God gave the commandment, if she didn’t get it first hand, perhaps Adam did not give her the whole story?

The storyteller seems to imply that both Adam and Eve had the story right. While the serpent addresses his remarks to the woman, he is talking to both Adam and Eve. The “verbs” of “you shall not eat” (vv. 2-3), “you shall not touch” (v. 4), and “when you eat of it you shall be” (v 5), are all a second person plural. While Eve is the spokesperson for the couple, the response of the woman, “we,” included both she and her husband. Why is the temptation directed toward Eve? It has been suggested that the woman was the weaker more vulnerable sex. On the other extreme, she is seen as the more aggressive and sensible one. The text simply does not say why the serpent approached the woman. When read by a man, the weaker more vulnerable answer is often usually understood. When read by a woman, the more aggressive and sensible answer is often understood. It is tough in our society to depatriarchalize our interpretation of Scripture.

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