Adam and Eve, Forbidden Fruit and ‘The Fall’
Adam and Eve are the human couples, pioneers of the human race. They belong to the Judeo-Christian era and Islamic traditions. In the holy bible, there are two narratives of their creation.
According to the Priestly (P) history of the 5th or 6th century BCE, God on the sixth day of Creation created all the living creatures both “male and female.” God then blessed the couple, to “fruitful and multiply,” and gave them dominion over all other living things.
According to the lengthier Yahwist(J) narrative of the 10th century BCE, God, or Yahweh, created Adam at a time when the earth was still void, forming him from the earth’s dust and breathing “into his nostrils the breath of life.”
God then gave Adam the primaeval Garden of Eden to tend. Subsequently, so that Adam would not be alone, God created other animals but, finding them insufficient, put Adam to sleep, took a rib from him, and created a new companion, Eve.
Their first children were Cain and Abel. Abel, the keeper of sheep, was highly regarded by God and was killed by Cain out of envy. Another son, Seth, was born to replace Abel, and the two human stems, the Cainites, and the Sethites descended from them.
The Forbidden Fruit.
The account of the Book of Genesis places Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden.
The forbidden fruit grows in their garden, which the god demands humankind not to eat. In the biblical narrative, Adam and Eve eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and are exiled from Eden.
God forbid the fruit because he cared for humankind. The forbidden fruit is a metaphor in the sense that it represented the knowledge of good and evil. The fruit represented an alternate reality: separation from God.
A professor at the University of Trinity said the humankind is diverse and there is significant genetic diversity among humans, that it is not possible that Adam and Eve are the original reproducing pair.
They argue that science is unable to resolve the question of Adam and Eve but, they write: “Science says that there was never a time when only two people existed on the earth: it is silent on whether or not God began a special relationship with a historical couple at some point in the past.”
Movies made on Adam and Eve
If you want to further know about Adam and Eve; there are numerous movies made on the first man and woman. The list is as follows:
- Adam and Eve (1910)
- Adam and Eve [Vitagraph] (1912)
- The New Adam and Eve (1915)
- Young Eve and old Adam (1920)
- Adam and Eve a la Mode (1920)
- The Bible: Creation (1921)
- Good Morning Eve (1934)
The story of the fall of Adam is often considered to be an allegory. Findings in population genetics, particularly those concerning Y-Chromosomal Adam and Mitochondrial Eve, indicate that a single first “Adam and Eve” pair of human beings never existed.