22 Aug Scarlet Serpent of Eve
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” – Matthew 10:16 King James Version (KJV)
And yet the “original sin” (which was not actually called a “sin” in the telling of this story in Genesis) was a serpent feeding Eve the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. (Note: the Bible in Hebrew also does not actually say “apple”).
Knowledge is defined as awareness, comprehension, mastery, and consciousness. I’ve come to the conclusion that eating from the tree of good and evil was, in fact, what birthed duality and contrast. The balancing scales of life. (See post from 08/20/2019 – The Lived Experience of Duality).
Before, Adam and Eve knew no evil. They knew only paradise and perfection. After they ate of the fruit, they suddenly knew contrast. They knew they were naked. I believe the Tree of Knowledge – of “good and evil” – actually represented opposites in general. Without being exposed to both good and evil, Adam and Eve would not be able to distinguish between them. Once they were cast out of the Garden, they came to know all kinds of opposites: health and sickness, happiness and sorrow, success and failure, etc. It wasn’t just “good and evil,” in very general terms, but everything we judge as being good or evil, right or wrong. They came to have knowledge of everything that their limited understanding in Eden restricted them from being able to comprehend. And this knowledge was actually critical to their ultimate progression on the path that would lead them back to God.
What’s also interesting to note – in a separate study I am doing on symbolism, I came across this quote: “In the earliest schools of [Sumerian] mysticism, the symbol of the Word (or the Logos) was the serpent: the venerated emblem of the Holy Spirit – the dragon that moved upon the face of the waters.” – ‘Genesis of the Grail Gods’ by Lawrence Gardner
The official dogma of Israel was that Yahweh is the one God who creates and rules all. Heaven completely triumphs over earth. Here the “tree” is likened to a woman of the old ways – the worship of the goddess. As we learn in Exodus, we are to have no other gods. Meaning, the tree would bring about wisdom of other faith’s, beliefs, gods, and goddesses. This was the first step in changing the matriarchal society to a patriarchal one.
The New World Encyclopedia reveals a potentially startling theory about the origins of the Adam and Eve narrative from the second and third chapters of Genesis, divulging three major conclusions reached about the story by scholars using the historical-critical method:
These chapters were likely penned during King Solomon’s reign, around the 10th century B.C.E. The author promoted a Yahweh-based religion that excluded other deities. The narrative criticizes Canaanite mother goddess worship. Asherah was a significant mother goddess figure in the ancient Middle East. While the Encyclopedia Britannica elucidates that she was usually considered the wife of El or a consort of Baal, she was also at times revered as a consort of Yahweh. Rituals often focused on gaining her blessings for adequate rain and good crops, invoking a sacred joining of masculine and feminine forces through intercourse with temple priestesses.
Some scholars speculate that the Yahwist author may have adopted Asherah’s symbols, gifting them with negative meanings. Serpents were used to represent the goddess, so the writer might have introduced a deceitful serpent who lies to Eve and convinces her to disobey God. Furthermore, God is depicted as warning the first humans against eating the fruit of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Trees or poles were also associated with Asherah, and “the knowledge of good and evil” may have had sexual connotations to ancient Middle Eastern readers. Finally, Eve’s name itself may hold some clues. In the original text, Eve’s name is “Haw-wah,” which translates to “living,” but some texts about Asherah address the goddess as “Lady Ḥawwat.”
In John 1:1 (KJV), the Bible says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Would this mean that in the beginning was the holy spirit or that of an equal female deity?
One great concept of creation I came across: God the Father (the masculine) who from the clay of Mother Earth (the feminine) – together conceived a child – a human being. Hence the reason God is referred to as “He.”
I also came across a couple of other – completely different – contexts of the “original sin” that I would love to share:
1. Based on St. Augustine’s theory, “The fruit that Eve tasted, was not actual fruit, but rather, Satan tempting Eve with sexual sin, meaning she had sex with the serpent (Satan) in the garden, and then went and had sex with Adam to show him what she had discovered. When Jesus approached them afterwards, they hid from him because they were naked. They covered their privates – not their mouths. It makes sense that they were now aware of their nakedness after engaging in sexual relations. Eve then had two sons, one was Cain (who was evil) and the other was Abel (who was good). Was Cain, then, of Satan’s seed and Abel was of Adam’s seed?
Cain is never listed in Adam’s genealogy, but is described as “of the evil one”.
2. The story of Adam and Eve is symbolic- translating to mean we must die to our flesh to be reborn in Spirit.
Side Note: My studies are taking me longer to conceptualize and put together than I originally thought. So I am sharing some information along the way.
Although 🤔 once we break down the Hebrew translation of Genesis 1, you will find that the concept of “God” in the KJV has been drastically altered from the original Hebrew text…
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