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Adam and Eve eating the apple. The woman in the tree is the snake (Notre Dame Cathedral, 1200s AD)

Adam and Eve eating the apple. The woman in the tree is the snake (Notre Dame Cathedral, 1200s AD)

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. 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.

Adam and Eve mosaic (northern Syria, ca. 500 AD. Now in Cleveland)

Adam and Eve mosaic (northern Syria, ca. 500 AD. Now in Cleveland), But in this mosaic, those are for sure not fig leaves.

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. The fruit was magic, and after they ate it, they knew right from wrong. So they were ashamed of being naked.

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.) Then God was angry that they had disobeyed him and made them leave the garden, and from then on they had to work for a living. Adam had to farm, and Eve had to spin.

(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).

Learn by doing: draw your own picture of Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve’s kids: Cain and Abel and Seth

Bibliography and further reading about the history of Judaism:

  

Or read about Adam and Eve in the Encyclopedia Britannica.

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Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Adam and Eve – Bible stories. Quatr.us Study Guides, August 23, 2017. Web. December 12, 2017.

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Karen Carr

Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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