Genesis

Your Eyes Will Be Opened

Eve_appleIt's just about the worst story ever, this fairy tale about Creation that puts the blame on Mame. Or Eve, as the case may be. It's hard for me to get past that. I'm thinking again of my 12-year-old daughter, and the world she inhabits, and the world I hope she will inhabit, and I do not want it to be influenced by this old school notion of WOMAN as troublesome and manipulative and deceitful.

As you can see, I have to let a few things out before I can read this story the way I read most stories in the Bible, looking for myself in them, analyzing them the way I might a dream.

But perhaps it's good to remember that knowledge will not kill us; it will only compel us to look at who we really are. It may hurt, but it will not kill us.

4 thoughts on “Your Eyes Will Be Opened”

  1. I’m not sure that the text necessarily contains the idea that WOMAN is deceitful; she is deceived (by the serpent), and the man shares in her mistake, but I think that the text doesn’t contain any particular anti-woman bias. I think that bias is found mostly, if not entirely, in the ways the story has been received and interpreted through the centuries, which is quite the thorny issue itself of course!
    In the story, the serpent is tricky, the woman and the man are tricked, and all three get punished!

  2. Have you read Rabbi Kushner on this? In How Good Do I Have to Be? he takes another approach – about how Eve’s action actually invites Adam into a full humanity – he says that this was not the original sin – that came later with Cain & Abel – it’s a good read. I read it during CPE when I was struggling with being good enough instead of perfect…

  3. parodie and Elastigirl, thanks for your thoughts! I haven’t read that book of Kushner’s but would be very interested in it.

  4. I like your thoughts on knowledge possibly hurting us but not killing us. Reminds me of what a high school teacher lovingly told me once when I tremblingly confessed a lie to him: The truth can get you in a lot of trouble, but it can never hurt you.

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