Women in Biblical Tradition
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kathryn Smith
January 17, 2003
"The Story of Eve"

I.   The Genesis Source
A.   Two Sources
1.   Gen 1:1-2, 4a
2.   Gen 3:4b-3:24
B.   The Genesis Story in Biblical Tradition
1.   Exodus, not Genesis is central
2.   Implication
C.   The story in Christian Tradition
1.   Fall (Genesis)
2.   Redemption (Passion)
3.   Future Coming (Revelation)
II.   The Creation of "adam"
A.   The first creation of "adam" - both male and female Gen 1:27
B.   The second creation of "adam" -Gen 2:7
C.   "A helper over-against him" -Gen 2:18
1.   Hebrew word ezer (r 0zEo)
2.   Should be understood as a face-to-face partner
3.   Does not necessarily refute the complimentarian theory
4.   Refutes the idea of women being a "deliverer" for man
5.   Nehemiah 4:22 example of different use
D.   Adam's rib ("side") -Gen 2:21
E.   From adam to ish -Gen 2:23-24
1.   This one shall be called Woman (ishah) for out of Male (ish) this one was taken.
2.   Therefore, a male leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife and they become one flesh
III.   The Story of Eve
A.   Eve, Adam and the Serpent
B.   The curses - prescriptive or descriptive
1.   Prescriptive - prescribing how to live in a fallen world
2.   Descriptive - describing how a fallen world got to where it is (this has an expectation built into the story that "godly people" would rise above this description and attempt to return before the fall)
C.   The story of sin, or &?
1.   Sin may not be the central issue of this story
2.   The word "sin" does not even show up in this story
3.   What could the theory be
a.   Etiology - explanation of the way the world is
b.   Sin would still be in the story, but not the central story
4.   Problem - other canonical books (Paul & Jesus) illustrate that this issue is about sin