Five Puzzles Arising from the Story of Adam and Eve

And how the solutions help explain the fundamental human condition.

From The Expulsion Of Adam and Eve from Eden by Masaccio. 1426-1428. Altered in 1680, left frame; restored in 1980, right frame. Wikimedia.

From The Expulsion Of Adam and Eve from Eden by Masaccio. 1426-1428. Altered in 1680, left frame; restored in 1980, right frame. Wikimedia.

David Wolpe
Observation
Oct. 27 2016
About the author

David Wolpe is rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and the author of, among other books, Why Be Jewish? and Why Faith Matters. He can be found on Twitter @RabbiWolpe.

The human story in the Bible begins in a garden with Adam and Eve and a mysterious tree: the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God, Who has created the pair and planted the garden, gives them a single prohibition: not to eat from that tree on pain of death. Yet Eve, egged on by the snake who assures her they will not die but instead become like God Himself, eats from the tree and offers some to Adam, who partakes as well.

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