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Adam and Eve

Is it he, she, they or we who crush the serpent’s head? (Genesis 3:15)

December 20th, 2016

I’ve been using the Common English Bible and was surprised to read God say to the snake, “They will strike your head.” Other translations of Genesis 3:15 have he, she or it will strike… What is the correct understanding of who will attack the serpent (i.e. the devil)? Is it us? Continue reading»

Teshuqah: The Woman’s “Desire” in Genesis 3:16

November 7th, 2015

The Hebrew word teshuqah is rare and obscure, but is usually translated as “desire” in Genesis 3:16: “your desire will be for your husband.” What does this mean? Continue reading»

Are Men Accountable for their Wives’ Actions?

October 8th, 2015

Are men accountable for their wives’ actions? This article looks at the accountability of Eve (pre-patriarchy) and of Sapphira (post-Pentecost) Continue reading»

“Head” and “Headship” in Genesis 1-3

October 1st, 2015

Is the concept of “male headship” present in Genesis chapters 1-3 as some complementarians argue? How is the Hebrew word for “head” (rosh) used in these three chapters? Continue reading»

Is Adam solely responsible for the first sin?

August 9th, 2015

Does Romans 5:12-21 teach us that God holds Adam, and not Eve, ultimately responsible and accountable for the first sin? How does Paul use the example of Adam in this passage? Continue reading»

What Eve’s statement to the serpent tells us

August 7th, 2015

Did God give Adam the responsibility of telling Eve the command about the forbidden fruit as some suggest? Eve’s statement to the serpent in Genesis 3:2-3 may hold the answer. Continue reading»

Adam and Eve in Ancient Gnostic Literature (cf 1 Tim. 2:13-14)

March 9th, 2015

In this post I provide links to ancient Gnostic works which present Eve in a very different light to that of the Bible. Do these works help us to better understand Paul’s intent in 1 Timothy 2:13-14? Continue reading»

Adam named Eve because . . .

February 12th, 2015

Andrew Perriman critiques the complementarian notion that Adam naming Eve displays man’s authority over woman. Perriman explains that “naming in Scripture is a way of determining the essential character or identity or purpose of something or someone”, and he gives several examples from Genesis to prove his point. Continue reading»

The Virgin Mary Consoles Eve

December 24th, 2014

I love this powerful image of Mary consoling Eve. Just look at their feet! Continue reading»

Was it Adam’s responsibility to relay God’s command to Eve?

December 19th, 2014

Was the first man authorised by God to relay the command about the forbidden fruit to the first woman? What does the Bible say about Adam’s responsibility and authority? Continue reading»

5 questions about Adam’s role in Genesis 2 and 3

August 11th, 2014

In this post I have a go at answering these 5 questions about Adam’s prominence in chapters 2 and 3 of Genesis:
1. Did God call the man only in Genesis 3:9?
2. Is it significant that God spoke to the man first in Genesis 3:9-12?
3. Did God drive the woman out of Eden too in Genesis 3:23-24?
4. Was it Adam’s responsibility to convey God’s command to the woman (Gen. 2:16-17)?
5. Does Adam’s task of naming the animals in Genesis 2:19-20 suggest that he had more authority than the woman? Or even authority over the woman? Continue reading»

Kenegdo: Is the woman subordinate, suitable, or similar to the man?

August 1st, 2014

What does the Hebrew word “kenegdo” mean in the phrase “ezer kenegdo” found in Genesis 2:18 & 20? Was the first woman made to be a subordinate help? A suitable help? Or a similar help?

In this article I look at the meaning and grammar of the Hebrew word “kenegdo”, and at the way it is translated in the Septuagint, the ancient Greek Translation of the Old Testament. Continue reading»

Blaming Eve Alone

January 23rd, 2014

Was Eve alone when the serpent spoke to her? Is Eve solely to be blamed for the downfall of mankind? What does Genesis 3:6 say about this?
In this post I give a summary of Julie Parker’s essay, “Blaming Eve Alone: Translation, Omission, and Implications of עמה in Genesis 3:6b” JBL 132, no. 4 (2013). Continue reading»

Human (Ha’adam), Man (Ish) and Woman (Ishshah) in Genesis 2

December 5th, 2013

In this post I highlight the Hebrew words for human, man and woman in the text of Genesis 2:4-25 to help non-Hebrew readers see that the first human may not necessarily have been male. Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 3)

April 17th, 2013

What was Paul’s primary purpose for writing his first letter to Timothy?
What was the problem in the Ephesian Church?
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