In quoting God, she interprets the prohibition "neither shall you touch it".
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The woman is both theologian and translator. She contemplates the tree, taking into account all the possibilities.
Were There Mushrooms in Eden?
The tree is good for food; it satisfies the physical drives. It pleases the eyes; it is esthetically and emotionally desirable. Above all, it is coveted as the source of wisdom haskil. Thus the woman is fully aware when she acts, her vision encompassing the gamut of life. She takes the fruit, and she eats. The initiative and the decision are hers alone. There is no consultation with her husband. She seeks neither his advice nor his permission. She acts independently. By contrast, the man is a silent, passive, and bland recipient. Another Kabbalah tradition suggests the tree of knowledge was the vine and that, like Noah, Eve produced wine and through their inebriation they perceived the ills of the world Waite , The mushroom has similarly been associated with the Tree of Knowledge as in the fresco Fig 5.
Both apply more appropriately to the Tree of Life. And the eyes of them both were opened and they knew that they were naked. Karen Armstrong comments: "Men and women want to live creatively, intensively and successfully in the world. They long to fulfill the potential of their nature What Adam and Eve sought from the tree of knowledge The LORD God also appears to be lonely for company, suggesting the sovreignty of his his perfection has been compromised Miles And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? Adam of course blames his own choice on the woman, and the woman in turn is portrayed as weak-willed, beguiled by lust and heresy:. And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And Yahweh, ever the patriarch, exerts his vengeful punishment. God doesn't make good his immediate threat of death but condemns them to mortality. Thus we see as in the Sumerian myth that the supposed fruit of knowledge is actually the fruit of eventual death:.
And the Lord God said to the serpent I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. He is particularly harsh on the woman causing her whole life to be travail and subjugating her to the rule of the man for beguiling him:.
The death penalty, which has failed for all time to act as a deterrent Fox R 18 is now communted to mortality and pronounced on the male, Adam. It is interesting that God does not pronounce this on Eve, recognizing that through child birth she is in fact immortal in phenotype, Adam's mortality perhaps also reflecting commentary on the dying and resurrected sacred king. However in other respects, Adam, who of course shares his mortality with Eve in real life, has a significantly lighter punishment, a pioneering life of physical endeavor to feed his family while struggling against the wilderness: the cursed ground of Adam.
Michaels church Anacapri. Cursed is the ground for thy sake; In sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread till thou return unto the ground for dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return Finally, almost in passing, as a concession by the mortal Adam who named the beasts, we discover that the earthly Eve has all along been the great Earth Goddess, the immortal Mother of all Living who has been denigrated to a mere "fair woman which is without discretion" Proverbs :.
And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. In paradoxical kindness, after his immature outburst of anger, the YHVH 'elohim, in addition to their fig-leaves, almost as a sin-offering for what he is about to do, and of course emphasizing the social taboo against nakedness, with his own 'handiwork':. Now we reach the nub of the plot, the jealous God, who could not tolerate his creation becoming truly divine, which Gnostics were later to identify with the demiurge rather than the creator. Why on earth steal the tree of life he had already given them just to prevent them having knowledge?
What they needed was the balance. Why steal half of creation off the female? The blade has stolen the heritage of the chalice! This means the cup of blood! And the Lord God said, Behold the man is become as one of us 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 forever: therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden Mankind's ancestors usually appear being driven forth in their nakedness, their arms raised to protect themselves from the angel's sword In their wake trail all the horrors and chaos of existence, sin and death, which will replace the primal innocence and felicity they enjoyed in the Garden Haskins Like the Sumerian myth, there are two trees in the garden, one of life and one of the "knowledge of good and evil".
These two trees form a binary division between wisdom - the understanding of immortality and analytic knowledge - science, judgement and morality. In the Biblical myth, a falling out of balance occurs, the knowledge of good and evil without the wisdom of life leads to mortality, being cast out of the garden and the road to Armageddon, because the unity of the tree of life is overwhelmed by the divisive knowledge of opposing realites good and evil, light and dark - the male bifurcation principle.
Yahweh specifically instructs Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil just as Ea did, while the tree of life is distracted from their view. One could consider this the same trick of Ea. It certainly leads directly to a the binary division of tabu and mortal tragedy. Eve follows the advice of the serpent and she and Adam eat of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil.
Their eyes become opened and they cover themselves - become civilized. A chauvinistic Yahweh then banishes them from the garden, lest they also eat the fruit of immortality, and become like him, setting fiery angels to guard the entrance thus condemning them to misery on earth, mortality and the sexual guilt of original sin. The fall from divine immortality to carnal knowledge, and the retreat of the Shekhinah and her spirit of matrimonial concord from imminent immediacy in this schism.
There are here two intertwined themes : the schism of the genders and the downfall from nature. Instead of chaos or tohu vu-vohu complementing order in the unfolding of nature, this has set off a chain of events, where man is set against nature, light is set against dark, order against chaos, and Yahweh and his own "light-bearer", Satan are in endless opposition until the final catastrophic Christ-Antichrist Armageddon. The balance between intuition wisdom and analytic knowledge good-evil has become upset.
The mindless application of order, the analytic knowledge of good and evil - the male bifurcation - at the expense of the female fertility principle - the enclosed chalice of unity - is at the centre of the downfall. The midrashim tell a frankly phallic story of Eden, which also illustrates Muhammad's familiarity with Jewish texts, for Samael the archangel became jealous of Adam, who despite being made of dust surpassed the angel in wisdon and understanding. Adam pronounces the secret names of the animals. Samael refuses to pay gomage to Adam and leads the fall of the angels, as recounted also in the Qur'an.
God in another midrash then makes Lilith from filth and sediment.
Adam tries to force her but she will not lie under him and rises up uttering God's magic name Thompson The next creature made of blood guts and hair is too physical. Only after several attempts by God to construct a partner to satisfy Adam do we arrive at Eve who has been described as so beautiful that she could not be looked upon.
After the fall another midrash relates Adam tried to abstain for years and was tormented by the spirit of Lilith as a succubus at night Thompson Eve is also identifiable with Maha-Kali the mother of time, the fearsome Aztec Lady of the Serpent Skirts and goddesses such as Cybele and the snake goddess of Crete. She is a sexual entity who relates to sexuality directly in the form of the snake and sacrificially in a fearsome manner which has included ritual castration. One can thus see a dark and fickle side of her which has caused the male gender consternation and paranoia.
For her life and death are phases of one immortal cycle and not opposing principles. Another aspect of Eve's evil portrayal is in the guise of Pandora who was blamed by the Greeks for releasing disease into the world Phillips. The delicate relationship between the Moon God and the Queen of Heaven, his astral and fertility counterpart became a central theme of conflict throughout the Old Testament. While the astral Moon God as the Lord of Knowledge retained a complementary realtionship with the Great Goddess of fertility, in which the immortal fertility of the garden was preserved.
Subsequently the resurgent descent of the Queen of Heaven and the lightweight role played by her sacrificial Adonai or Lord as resurrecting lover came to be an anathema to Yahweh when he rejected his cosmic lunar nature to become a male tribal patron deity. The Queen of Heaven and her sacrificial role thus stands as the very mortality for which Adam suffered, the hieros gamos or sacred marriage and the ritual sexual licence which accompanied such fertility worship - the very act of sex leading to sacrificial death.
It is this tortured historical episode of the Old Testament that we should turn to if we want to understand the true import of the sexual struggle portrayed in the Biblical Fall from Eden. The reviled snake also figures in a multiplicity of ways. The snake was believed to be the sexual intruder who was the first cause of menstruation Briffault v2 also associated with the moon Briffault v2 However the phallic snake represents the essential male fertility principle which eternally regenerates as the primal male substance.
It also has some parallels with the chaos monsters, such as Tiamat who opposed Marduk Miles We then find that He took a rib from the man's side, and with it, He made woman Genesis In the lower portion, notice that the second person comes from the side of the first! Happiness In this garden home provided by God, Adam was happy. He had a wife to share his time with, he had the produce of the trees for food, he had the duty of tending to the garden.
"Looking Back to Day Six of Creation and the Garden of Eden"
But of all the things which made Adam happy, it was his relationship with God. Adam enjoyed fellowship with God in a way that no other man has - sin had not yet entered the world. Another word for happiness will come later in our study, but instead of showing man and God together in the garden, it will reveal the need for a sin sacrifice in order to restore man's fellowship with God. Eden had many trees in it, but there are two in particular mentioned in the Bible. The tree in this image would seem to be the tree of life, which Adam and Eve had access to.
The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil Genesis , NKJV. Forbidden The Genesis records tells us Genesis , NKJV. As mentioned above, the Bible addresses two specific trees found in the garden of Eden. The tree of life, which was set apart from the rest of the forest was available to them, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God specifically commanded that they should not eat from it. They could eat from any other tree in the garden, but needed to exercise control and not take from this forbidden tree. Execute Put to death God was very clear about the punishment if Adam and Eve should eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
He precisely said, ".. The etymology is very descriptive of God's warning. After Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit of the tree which God commanded them to not eat, the Lord proclaimed: In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return. It was also home to the animals which the Lord God had made. One creature is significant in our study - the serpent. John wrote about Revelation , NKJV. The devil began his deceptive ways in the garden, tempting Eve to take fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The Woman is the Glory of the Man (The Curse of the Creation in Eden)
Could there be any more fit description of the tempter? This serpent of old, who would eventually deceive the whole world began his evil work of deceit by covering up the truth about the trees in the garden, thus, successfully tempting the woman to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Desire Covet The serpent's temptation caused the woman to desire the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It records the very thing that Moses revealed by inspiration of the Spirit: So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.
She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. After she ate, she then gave it to Adam, and he ate of it also. TRUE Original sin. Establishment of concept of "possession". Eventually, this becomes hostile in the manifestation of "ownership". Suddenly, brothers are killing brothers for the first time for.. Neel Burton, M. Back Psychology Today. Back Find a Therapist. Back Get Help. Back Magazine. Subscribe Issue Archive.
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