Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fair is Fair, part 1 (This post is designed for responses)

I'm not sure how deep I'm going to dig into this topic, but I wanted to try out an experiment. All I'm going to do for the first two posts is cite the story of Genesis 3. However, each telling will be given a slight shift away from the original text in its own unique way. This series is designed for feedback. After you read each post, it would be great if you gave some thoughts. Anyway, here goes round number one:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the man, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the man said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the man, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the man saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, he took of its fruit and ate, and he also gave some to his wife who was with him, and she ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the woman and her husband hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the woman and said to her, “Where are you?” And she said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The woman said, “The man to whom you gave me, he gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the man, “What is this that you have done?” The man said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the man,
and between your offspring and his offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”

And to Adam he said,
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
Your desire shall be for your wife,
and she shall rule over you.”

To the woman he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your husband
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.

Does this rendition bother you? If so, why do you think that is? (other than the simple fact that it's not really what the Bible says)


  1. WEll I like your little experiment. I have always been hard pressed to really put more blame on the women. I think the man is as responsible. I actually can see why it came down the way it did. It would be hard to make the case for men to lead the home if he started out with such a poor decisions in the first place. Having the women be the one leading in this case, one is certainly more able to go along with the man being given the leading role. I think having the man lead has always been the plan. However I can't imagine what bible studies over the last few thousand years would have been like if the reading would have gone along the lines of the man making the initial bad call. I just don't think we would have ever been able to hear the end of it. It is funny because I don't hear Men mentioning the poor judgement of Eve. It seems like men instinctively still think "hey Adam where was your head man." Men will still tend to take the heat when their woman makes a bad call, somehow I think that is the way it should be.