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Eve Made From Adam's Rib

Why do you "suppose" God made Eve from one of Adam's ribs instead of also making her from the dust of the ground?

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Much like what Gordon says I think it is to do with the woman's relation to man. I would like to add that woman is equal to man in every sense. However in the context of a family God has assigned the leadership role to man.
---hop on 4/8/11


//Her name was Lilith //

She's the one who played on Cheers..remember Lilith?
---kathr4453 on 3/26/11


GOD made Eve from one of Adam's ribs, for it was symbolic of both Eve being a "part of Adam", and that Eve is a "help-mate" to be at his side, and to stand by his side. The two together, equal partners, equal in value and equal in importance. Though Eve came from Adam, the remaining of the human race will come from the physical body of the woman. With the blood-line of the man. I think, too, that Eve, coming from the flesh of Adam, was a bit of a precurser of man being the "head of the family household", that the woman is to submit to her husband, as he submits to the LORD. Some things to consider anyway.
---Gordon on 3/26/11


1st Cliff, you are confusing the sin of marital divorce versus the so-called divorce or more accurately in the Hebraic "cutting off" of Israel because they would not accept his covering of their sins.
The 50% divorce rate was yes man's invention from its birth in the wicked rebellious heart.
The cutting off of Israel was a Godly decree. Bifurcate the two and don't get hung up on the English word "divorce".
---larry on 2/27/11


Dave, you have been watching too many episode's of "Supernatural." on T.V. It is just nonsense. Having an open mind is not wrong, so long as you do not speculate something not there.
---Mark_V. on 2/25/11




It may make sense David, but it is unsupportable and, in my opinion, just a vain imagination of man.
Now if you have support for this view, then, by all means, provide it.
---micha9344 on 2/24/11


Hehehe--Francis, you can be so funny! :D Good one! :D
---Mary on 2/24/11


Dave we are discussing God's word, and His creation of Adam and Eve. Nowhere is any Lilith even hinted at. Can you not see the pointlessness of discussing God's word then undermining what it says by inserting a story concerning a person who does not exist therein?

You are entitled to believe what you like. However I am also entitled to point out that your view is contradicted by Scripture, aren't I?
---Warwick on 2/24/11


When I read the Bible,I try to keep an open-mind.Only because of the Time Gaps and Mysteries within.
What I have learned,The reason God created Eve from Adams rib is because...
He created the 1rst "Eve"(if you will)...From dust.Her name was Lilith and she was Adams' equal. and as time past Adam felt Intimidated by her Equality and her Dominance.She was cast out of the Garden by Adam..Or killed(It's confusing here)..After Adam cried to the Lord of his lonliness.God created Eve using Adams rib.So she would always be a "part" from,and of...Man.
Please: Have an opened mind before sending me Hate Emails...I just Judge the Possibilities...Does that make sense?
---Dave8357 on 2/24/11


Why do you "suppose" God made Eve from one of Adam's ribs instead of also making her from the dust of the ground.

Simple: Sometimes you see a woman looking so good you just want to put some bar-B- que sauce on her and eat her up. You could not do that if she was made from dirt, but from ribs HM HM HM
---FRANCIS on 2/24/11




Agreed. God honored man's design for a season .....
(i love the way the scriptures are written. the more you read the Good Book and seek God, the more God can reveal to you. the never ending story.)
---aka on 2/23/11

Love it too, this unfolding,multiple layered unfolding. Seen that you seen....for a season.
Reading, GOD put away his wife for a season. She was greatly polluted (key word).
Jeremiah 3:1
They say, If a man put away his wife, she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers, YET RETURN AGAIN to me, saith the LORD.

Reflecting..hmmmmmm.
---Trav on 2/24/11


//Author were heart's that desired divorce. GOD honoring law,established a man impossible way to bring light to all and remarry who he loved. Because of this love we live today. //

Agreed. God honored man's design for a season to show man's absolute folly and God's love absolutely.

(i love the way the scriptures are written. a good book as well as it is written can only be read so many times. but, the more you read the Good Book and seek God, the more God can reveal to you. the never ending story.)
---aka on 2/23/11


Moses was the scribe, but was he the author? ---aka on 2/21/11

Author were heart's that desired divorce. GOD honoring law,established a man impossible way to bring light to all and remarry who he loved. Because of this love we live today.
Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered, and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

11 Then shall the children of Judah and children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.
---Trav on 2/23/11


//Mar 10:5 And Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment (precept) //

Deu 4:5 See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it...Deut 30...

Moses was the scribe, but was he the author?
---aka on 2/21/11


Larry, **We invented divorce and God hates it**?
God divorced Israel. Who "invented the "certificate of divorce"??
---1st_cliff on 2/17/11

Moses did:

Matthew 19:8
He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
Mark 10:5
And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.
Deuteronomy 24:1
When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
---Trav on 2/21/11


Jer 3:8 ... whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce,....
Isa 50:1 ....for your transgressions is your mother put away.

Did God use a man made invention? ---aka on 2/17/11


GOD never breaks his own laws.
GOD said he would remarry/reunite with Israel, All 12-13 nations of.
GOD can't lie.
The law was the Husband would have to die to free the former wife.
GOD can't die.
Jesus....did.
New Covenant Heb 8:8. Both houses of Israel. Northern 10. Southern 2.
It appears Judah was not divorced per your scripture. She would have been widowed at the same time her sister was released.
---Trav on 2/18/11


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Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

Isa 50:1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.

God hates the fact that divorce is a reality. Did God use a man made invention? God hates hard hearts and divorce for no good reason.
---aka on 2/17/11


Larry, **We invented divorce and God hates it**?
God divorced Israel. Who "invented the "certificate of divorce"??
---1st_cliff on 2/17/11


because WO-MAN was out of the man. Man was first but connected to the woman for in God they did not have separate identities and were to remain together. We invented DIVORCE and God hates it.
The other reason was of course order and God is a God of order.
Feminists of course reject both creation and God's order and will have none of it. Their rebellious hearts can't bifurcate between order and dominion and neither can most men. Ugh.
---larry on 2/16/11


That's interesting Mima. In part, I see your point. Personally I'd feel uncomfortable having a female doctor as my primary care physician. Yet, I would have no problem having a female dentist, optomologist, podiatric, specialized surgeon, SHRINK, etc. :)

The above is an example of non-marital, professional occupational services men & women both can provide anyone willing to submit to their examinations, & procedures. On the other hand, Adam & Eve were made to be mutually intimate (in every detail) equal mates, subordinate to each other's wants & needs, yet to walk in their God assigned roles.
---Leon on 2/16/11


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Mima .. Why should not women be doctors for men?

My GP practice has both male and female doctors, and I go to see any of them when it is a question of my blood pressure, or my Athlete's Foot.

If though I wanted to talk about more "personal" problems, I would ask to see my nominated male doctor.
---alan8566_of_uk on 2/15/11


Well Mary I do not believe women should be doctors for men. I do not favor female reporters in male locker rooms in athletics.
When I was a very young boy my father told me, now you can say anything you want to do me but not to your mother. Her mother is to be respected and honored for the relationship you have with your mother you will never have with another human being.
---mima on 2/15/11


Mima, are you also one of those men who doesn't think women should be doctors, paramedics, or any other male-dominated job? A lot of lives have been saved by women.
---Mary on 2/15/11


Woman is to be man's helpmate. Man is to be the head of woman.

It is wrong for women to be side-by-side with men in military.

It is the world that is trying to mix what God has made separate.
---mima on 2/15/11


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I think it's interesting that in "building" the woman that Adam was to give a proper name, God used the part of Adam that covered and protected his vital organs... the rib(s).
Ribs are guardians of life.
According to Proverbs, when one guards his mouth, he then guards his life.
Now, immediately after God presented her to Adam... Adam identified her simply as woman not Eve. Immediately, deception(the serpent) came up to the woman... not Adam.
I believe the reason is because the GUARD WASN'T PROPERLY PUT IN PLACE BY ADAM. If one has no name, one has no identity and therefore no GUARDING RIB covering vitals against sudden death.
---Legends on 2/13/11


good thoughts, Warwick.

the ribs protect the very breath of life, but are easily broken. if a man properly lives his life, he protects, nourishes and supports his wife, he protests himself.

yes, we are to die for them as Christ did for the church, but they have the responsibility to protest their man despite the more fragile nature.
---aka on 2/13/11


-- Leon :

Brother, "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them"

God didn't bring woman forth from the dust of the ground as He did man, b/c the essence of woman was already in man when "The Heavens and the earth, and all the host of them were finished" in Gen.2:1 .... and this is why God made Eve from one of Adam's ribs !!!
---Shawn.M.T on 2/13/11


So far all of your replies are very good & Cliff (Ol' Bud), I can't believe I'm in total (101%) agreement with you on this. Whoa, scary!!! Just kidding! :)
---Leon on 2/13/11


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Genesis 1:26-28 there is something significant, I believe.

God said "Let Us make 'man' in Our image"...male and female He created them...God blessed them and said "Be fruitful and multiply"

In Genesis, Adam is called 'the man'
Eve is called 'the woman'
together they are called 'man'

God made 'them' in His (He says Our) image, then commanded them to have children.

Adam the head (Father)
Eve the helper (Holy Spirit)
Child (the Son)

Together, 'they' were made in God's image. In other words, God is a trinity, and the family (father mother child) displays the 'image' of God.

All one essence, but 3 distinct persons.
---James_L on 2/13/11


Among other things, it shows that man and woman have the same human nature, and neither is superior to the other in this attribute.
---Cluny on 2/13/11


Scripture does not directly say Eve was made out of Adam's rib. The Hebrew word in Genesis 2:21,22 is 'tsela' which occurs 35 times in the OT, mostly as 'side.' It is only in Genesis 2 that it is translated as 'rib.' Therefore to translate this as 'rib' is an assumption, but a good one.

I think it also relevant that there is only one bone in the human body which can regrow. You guessed it, it is the rib! If it is removed from its tough covering (Periosteum) and closed up it can regrow. It makes sense God would use a rib, or part thereof, which will regrow, as he would not wish to leave Adam with a weakness or defect.

The NT shows that in marrying we become one flesh with our spouse, just as Adam and Eve were.
---Warwick on 2/12/11


Leon, If Eve was made from the "dust of the ground" she would be a separate creation, maybe difficult to procreate.
Being of Adam's rib she is the same DNA same blood etc.. therefore procreation was assured! The way I see it!
---1st_cliff on 2/12/11


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First, to signify the social union of man and woman, for the woman should neither "use authority over man," and so she was not made from his head, nor was it right for her to be subject to man's contempt as his slave, and so she was not made from his feet.-Summa Theologica, Thomas Aquinas, Q. 92, Art. 3
That the woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam, not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.-Matthew Henry, Bible Commentary, Gen. 2
---micha9344 on 2/12/11


It serves to remind the man and woman when they come together in marriage that they are one. One theologian (Matthew Henry) says it best,

"Eve was not taken out of Adam's head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him."

But alas, the fall of man in Eden corrupted the fleshly ordinance of marriage. But the real and perfect marriage is now found in the spiritual marriage of Christ and His Body (His church), which the Christian looks foward to.
---christan on 2/12/11


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