There have been some questions raised as to which Eve to I talk about. For instance this statement: “Which version of Eve is correct? There are two. And of course depending on what your need is at the time, that’s what you go with.” No further explanation as to how this person has come up with the idea of two Eves, so I have narrowed it down to three possibilities: mythical Lilith-supposedly the first wife of Adam ending in the first divorce or more likely they may be talking about two creations and two eves are finally about what evolutionists’ state are differences between mitochondrial Eve and biblical Eve. We will deal with the mythical Eve first (gets a bit spooky and grotesque) and then the science of the mitochondrial Eve in the second posting (it gets pretty technical)
GNOSTICISM IS THE TEACHING based on Gnosis, the knowledge of transcendence arrived at by way of interior, intuitive means. Although Gnosticism thus rests on personal religious experience, it is a mistake to assume all such experience results in Gnostic recognitions. It is nearer the truth to say that Gnosticism expresses a specific religious experience, an experience that does not lend itself to the language of theology or philosophy, but which is instead closely affinitized to, and expresses itself through, the medium of myth.
So not a lot of facts to be presented here, I can presume.
Presented here is information from a chapter discussing Lilith, taken from Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis by Robert Graves and Raphael Patai (New York: Doubleday, 1964), pp 65-69. Graves and Patai have collected traditional Hebrew myths which they use to amplify (and sometimes radically alter) stories found in the Book of Genesis. http://www.gnosis.org/lilith.htm A very interesting, warped, depraved version:
(b) Some say that God created man and woman in His own image on the Sixth Day, giving them charge over the world; but that Eve did not yet exist. Now, God had set Adam to name every beast, bird and other living thing. When they passed before him in pairs, male and female, Adam-being already like a twenty-year-old man-felt jealous of their loves, and though he tried coupling with each female in turn, found no satisfaction in the act. He therefore cried: ‘Every creature but I has (sic) a proper mate’, and prayed God would remedy this injustice.
(c) God then formed Lilith, the first woman, just as He had formed Adam, except that He used filth and sediment instead of pure dust. From Adam’s union with this demoness, and with another like her named Naamah, Tubal Cain’s sister, sprang Asmodeus and innumerable demons that still plague mankind.
So they therefore believe that Adam created the sexual sin of bestiality and women were created from filth. That is a faith I want to believe in- where you can say anything you want without having to back it up with facts. This Lilith idea comes from extra-biblical Jewish legends, possibly derived from Babylonian/Assyrian demoness Lilit/Lilu. Further, not all rabbinic traditions say that she was Adam’s first wife—some say she bore Adam demonic offspring after Adam supposedly separated from Eve. Many claim ‘Lilith’ has been suppressed by male redactors,(typical of modern-day feminists) but like all accusers of textual tampering, they can’t produce any of these alleged untampered documents.
There is not a trace of any idea or concept relating to this character in the Bible- including those books that some believe should be in the Bible but are not. They are not “re-interpreting” the Bible, but adding totally foreign ideas to it—nothing but self-serving feminism. Remember that Jesus, rejected many rabbinic traditions, but said “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).
A feminist author (no further skills other than knitting- a nice serene occupation) writes about her version of the original Eve who had no spouse except the serpent, a living phallus she created for her own sexual pleasure. Some ancient people regarded the Goddess and her serpent as their first parents. Sacred icons showed the Goddess giving life to a man, while her serpent coiled around the apple tree behind her. http://www.astradome.com/adam&eve_myth.htm THE WOMAN’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS Barbara G. Walker (who is a U.S. author and feminist. She is an influential knitting expert and the author of several classic encyclopedic knitting references. Other topics she has written about are religion, cultural anthropology, spirituality, and mythology from the viewpoint of Pre-Indo-European Neolithic matriarchies). I don’t see that she has any biases in her writings, do you.
Let’s see here, try this statement: Gnostic scriptures said Adam was created by the power of Eve’s word, not God’s. Adam’s name meant he was formed of clay moistened with blood, the female magic of adamah or “bloody clay.” Even the left-leaning Wikipedia doesn’t go so far, they state: “The etymological link between the word adamah and the word adam is used to reinforce the teleological link between humankind and the ground, emphasizing both the way in which man was created to cultivate the world, and how he originated from the “dust of the ground.”)
The Story of Adam and Eve. Genesis, the first book of the Bible, contains two accounts of how Adam and Eve came into being. The first version, which most likely dates from between 600 and 400 B . C ., says that God created all living things—including a man and woman “in his own image”—on the sixth day of creation. According to the second version, which is longer and probably several centuries older, God (here named Yahweh) made Adam from dust and breathed “the breath of life” into his nostrils. God then created animals so that Adam would not be alone. However, God saw that Adam needed a human partner, so he put Adam to sleep, took a rib from his side, and created Eve from it.
This goes back to the irrational idea of those who do not want to take the time to study the original Hebrew and Aramaic languages that there were two creations. I have already dealt with that on this posting:. Understanding that will assist you in putting this myth to rest.
As I have written before:‘Each human language (both existing and extinct) has (or had) strengths and weaknesses. The size of the English vocabulary gives it great strength. Nearly 4 million words (including species names and biochemical terms) compared to just several thousand each for biblical Hebrew and Greek.
This great strength is also a weakness with respect to Bible translation, however, because English is rapidly changing. This can require an occasional retranslations from the original biblical languages, while the huge difference in vocabulary size can sometimes require several different translations to faithfully and fully communicate the rich meaning, thought, and emotion in the Bible’s original texts.
By no coincidence does the creation-day controversy rage most fiercely among English-speaking Christians. Such readers of the Bible may be unaware of the nuances of meaning in the various Hebrew verbs used to describe God’s creative activities in Genesis 1 and 2. With so many words available in English to describe long time periods (having specific start and end points), many readers don’t realize that in biblical Hebrew only one such word exists. Likewise, English readers may not know that many Hebrew nouns possess multiple, literal definitions.
So to effectively understand the inerrant Word of God, one must study and be aware of the subtleties of biblical Hebrew and their impact on our understanding of Scripture.’
The next item we will cover is could Eve have been the mother of all mankind?