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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Biblical Spotlight: Eve

I find it pertinant that Eve should be the first character that I consider for Biblical Spotlights because she is the title character of the book, Eve by Elissa Elliott.

According to Biblical tradition Eve was created from Adam's rib to be a companion for him. She was named by Adam and her name means "to breathe". After what is likely a short period of time (as they had not yet conceived any children) Eve succumed to the temptation of the Serpent and ate the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge and also shared that fruit with Adam.

After being expelled from the Garden, Eve bore many children. The only three that are named in the Bible (as far as I can find online) are Cain, Abel, and Seth (I will hopefully address Cain & Abel in a future post as they are quite important in this book). They also had many other sons and daughters, although no names are provided.

There is no indication of how long Eve lived provided. Adam lived for 930 years (or right about there) so it is possible to ascertain she probably had a long life too.
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Interestingly, in the book, Cain and Abel are mentioned but there are names given to her 3 living daughters (Naava, Aya, and Dara) as well as names for 3 children she miscarried. This is likely creative license by the author, but I thought it was interesting.

This book also gives a lot of back details as to what happened in the Garden - from her first sexual experience to her first perception of God and the understanding of the world. It also provides emotional responses to the events that happened to her. I think Eve is the most important character to understand for this purpose.




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3 comments:

  1. Wow- this certaily peaked my interest- fascinating stuff..especially about the more children. Thanks:)

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  2. This is fascinating. Like Lucy, I find the info about more children interesting.

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  3. Wow, Adam lived to be 930?

    This does sound like an interesting read. I didn't know they adapted stories of the bible.

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