The Creation of Man
According to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, God created Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. Then God placed them in a wonderful place called the Garden of Eden.
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Don’t eat the apple!
But God warned Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree that grew in the middle of the garden. A snake came and told Eve to eat the fruit, and she did eat it. And she gave some fruit to Adam, and he ate it too.
When did snakes evolve?
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The history of apples
Was it really an apple? Or a pun?
The Bible doesn’t say what kind of fruit, but later on people usually said it was an apple. That’s because the word for “apple” and the word for “bad” are almost the same in Latin.
There’s also the story of Atalanta and her golden apples, where it’s the apples that catch her and then she has to get married, just as Eve does.
Atalanta and the golden apples
The fruit was magic, and after they ate it, they knew right from wrong. So they were ashamed of being naked.
Covered with fig leaves
So Adam and Eve picked fig leaves to cover themselves with. (They chose fig leaves because a fig leaf is kind of shaped like a penis and testicles, or at least ancient people thought it was. Ancient people thought this was a funny joke. But also, figs were the first domesticated food.)
The history of figs
Adam delved and Eve span
Then God was angry that Adam and Eve had disobeyed him and made them leave the garden, and from then on they had to work for a living. Adam had to plow the land, and Eve had to have children and obey Adam.
What is plowing?
The beginning of farming?
(If this can be seen as a sort of memory of the beginning of farming, when people could no longer live by hunting and gathering but had to begin farming to feed themselves and their children, then it would be dated around 10,000 BC).
The beginning of farming
Or just getting workers to work?
(But it also serves as a warning or explanation from powerful people to ordinary workers: that’s what you have to do. God wants men to plow and women to make babies and obey. No choices.)
Learn by doing: draw your own picture of Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve’s kids: Cain and Abel and Seth
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