Whether literal or allegorical, what is the significance, and legacy, of their story? Man On the sixth day, after having created everything else, God fashioned man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.
He also told them to replenish the earth: The garden contained many pleasant and fruitful trees, including, in its centre, the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The state of plenty in which man finds himself corresponds to the Golden Age of the Greeks, Hindus, and others: Many traditions also feature a central tree, vine, pillar, mountain, or other axis mundi that bridges Heaven and Earth.
In Eden, there are not one but two central trees: God forbids man to eat from the latter tree, warning him that if he does he will die. This is but one of several inconsistencies, or apparent inconsistencies, in the genesis story. Adam names the animals, and to name something is to exercise control over it, and more than that, to exercise language and symbolic thought, which, as John 1: Adam himself emphasizes that Eve is as another self, indicating that man and woman are equal, or, at least, created equal: Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: Both accounts imply marriage and monogamy as the norm for man.
The serpent One day, the serpent, the most subtle of all the beasts in God's creation, took Eve apart and reassured her that she would not die if she ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve took of the fruit and ate, and gave to Adam to eat.
But of course, it must have been God himself who made the serpent and the tree, and who put them within the reach of man, in the certain knowledge—this being God—that man would eat from the tree. Either man before the fall had no knowledge of good and evil, in which case he was bound to surrender to the serpent; or he did have some knowledge despite having not yet eaten from the tree , but succumbed to the proud temptation, that is in the nature of man, to rise to the equal of the gods.
Some of the most vivid Greek myths, such as those of Icarus, Oedipus, Sisyphus, and Tantalus, can be read as admonitions against hubris, which is the defiance of the gods from deranged pride, leading to nemesis, or downfall.
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God I will be like the most High. The fall Upon hearing the voice of God, Adam and Eve hid their nakedness among the trees. Adam blamed both Eve and God: He cursed the very ground, condemning Adam to a life of toil and sorrow: For all that, it is arguably the serpent who spoke the truth, and God who misled, for Adam and Eve did not die from eating from the tree—or at least not immediately, Adam being said to have lived years.
So either God was jealous of his own powers, or he set up the tree and the serpent to test man, in the knowledge that he would succumb.
In later times, Eve took most of the rap for the fall of man. Greek myth is littered with dangerous and destructive temptresses such as Circe, Medea, and the sirens, and even fair Helen is chiefly remembered for sparking the Trojan War.
If so, could you have resisted the temptation to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? If you've read this far, the answer is probably no. Find Neel on Twitter and Facebook Source: