RE: [asa] The rib...

From: Dehler, Bernie <>
Date: Fri Mar 06 2009 - 12:02:01 EST

Interesting aspect about the "taken" word... thanks.


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Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 9:21 PM
Subject: Re: [asa] The rib...

For both Adam and Eve, what they are made out of is later connected to the meaning of who they are.

1. Adam was made of the ground/dust, and so God says later:
"Cursed is the ground because of you;
       through painful toil you will eat of it
       all the days of your life.
 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
       and you will eat the plants of the field.
 19 By the sweat of your brow
       you will eat your food
       until you return to the ground,
       since from it you were taken;
       for dust you are
       and to dust you will return."

2. Eve was made out of Adam's bones/flesh, and so Adam and then the narrator say,

      "This is now bone of my bones
       and flesh of my flesh;
       she shall be called 'woman, '
       for she was taken out of man."
 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

So in both cases, there is an illustrative purpose that lies behind what they were made out of.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Campbell <>
To: <>
Sent: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 2:01 pm
Subject: Re: [asa] The rib...

It's also been suggested that a rib symbolizes lateral equality, as

opposed to say foot or head. It certainly conveys unity of origin and

equality of value.

Dr. David Campbell
425 Scientific Collections
University of Alabama
"I think of my happy condition, surrounded by acres of clams"
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