BEING EVE

Eve is a figure in the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible. According to the creation myth of the Arahamic religions, she was the first woman. In Islamic tradition, Eve is known as Adam’s wife although she is not specifically named in the Qur’an. In the Genesis creation narratives, she was created by Yaweh-Elohim (“Yahweh-God”, the god of Israel) by taking her from the side of Adam, the first human. According to Genesis 1 and 2, Eve is the first woman created by God (Yaweh, the God of Israel). Our model is Mishelle.

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God created her to be Adam’s companion. She succumbs to the serpent’s temptation via the suggestion that to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil would improve on the way God had made her, and that she would not die. She, believing the lie of the serpent rather than the earlier instruction from God, shares the fruit with Adam. As a result, the first humans are expelled from the Garden of Eden. Though traditionally Adam and Eve are said to have been cursed by God, there is no indication of that in the Genesis account. A close look at the Genesis 2 passage 3:14 reveals that God cursed the serpent.

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Eve in Hebrew is Ḥawwāh, meaning “living one” or “source of life”, and is related to ḥāyâ, “to live”. The name derives from the Semitic root ḥyw. Hawwah has been compared to the Hurrian Goddess Kheba, who was shown in the Amarna Letters to be worshiped in Jerusalem during the Late Bronze Age. It has been suggested that the name Kheba may derive from Kubau, a woman who was the first ruler of the Third Dynasty of Kish. The Goddess Asherah, wife of El, mother of the elohim from the first millenium BCE was given the title Chawat, from which the name Hawwah in Armaic was derived, Eve in English. It has been suggested that the Hebrew name Eve (חַוָּה) also bears resemblance to an Aramaic word for “snake.”

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In Gnosticism, Eve is often seen as the embodiment of the supreme feminine principle, called Barbelo (from Arb-Eloh), barbeloth, or barthenos. She is equated with the light-maiden of Sophia (Wisdom), creator of the word (Logos) of God, the “thygater tou photos” or simply the Virgin Maiden, “parthenos”. In other texts she is equated with Zoe (Life). In other Gnostic texts, such as The Hypostasis of the Archons  (The Reality of the Rulers), the Pistis Sophia is equated with Eve’s daughter, Norea, the wife of Seth. Especially among the Marcionites, women in Gnosticism were considered equal to men, being revered as prophets, teachers, traveling evangelists, faith healers, priests and even bishops.

 

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