Genesis 3 Part B – Eve, Lilith, and the Other Sister

Dear Reader

An amble through the Internet revealed that Eve was God’s third attempt at a companion for Adam. According to Jewish folklore the tale of Lilith cartier bracelet begins with Adam naming the animals as they are paraded by him. Adam notices that for every animal there is a male and a female. With lust in his loins, Adam asks God for a companion. God provides Lilith. When Adam goes discount cartier bracelet to mount her Lilith resists, asking how much is a cartier love bracelet 2013
why should she be under the man when God made man and woman as equals. Adam tries to force himself onto Lilith ,who then exclaims the sacred word of God and vanishes. (1)

Lilith reappears by the Red Sea cavorting with lascivious demons giving birth to over 100 demonic night spirits (lilim) a day.

“Adam complains to God, who sends three angels to fetch Lilith back. They tell her that if she does not return, one hundred of her children will die every day. She retorts that harming newborns was the reason why she was created, but agrees not to harm any infants wearing amulets with the names or images of the three angels.” (2)

lilith-reliefThe ‘Queen of the Night’ relief from the British Museum, identified by some scholars as Lilith. Old Babylonian, 1800-1750 BCE.

Jewish folklore goes on to tell of how God created Eve I, whom Adam found so ugly that God does not give her life. Eve (the woman is finally named in Genesis 1-20 just before God gives Adam and Eve clothing, and banishes them from the garden) is made from Adam’s rib so that Eve will be subservient to man, and thus avoiding another Lilith episode.

In the Middle Ages many artists painted the serpent with female torso suggesting that the serpent was in fact Lilith. This expression of the serpent as Lilith can even be seen in this fragment of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo “The Fall and Expulsion cartier love bracelet from Garden of Eden” (3). Michaelangelo - Fall of Man 01

J

Footnotes
1) http://gnosis.org/lilith.htm
2) http://marxist-theory-of-art.blogspot.ca/2014/02/lilith-rebel-between-texts.html
(3) http://albertis-window.com/2009/04/lilith-2/

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Bible Exploration Introduction and MasterBible Exploration
Introduction and
Master

Genesis 3a Adam the SpinelessGenesis 3a
Adam the Spineless

Genesis 3c Flying Toddlers and 4-Faced SpiritsGenesis 3c
Flying Toddlers
and 4-Faced
Spirits

Genesis 3 Part A – Adam the Spineless

Summary

After a brief conversation with the serpent, the woman (still unnamed) eats the fruit of the tree knowledge, and then gives some www.cartierbracelets.co of that same fruit to Adam. Adam, being completely spineless, says nothing and eats the fruit. Adam when asked by God “What have you done” says “she did it”. God in a huff kicks the two kids out of the garden and turns on the security. Rather like a contrite parent who kicks a teenager out of the house but first makes sure the child has enough money to survive, God gives Adam and Eve clothing before barring them from re-entering the garden. And that dear reader is the “Fall of Man”.

What’s A Serpent

I conclude that the serpent is a metaphor for some as yet unknown creature. Most importantly the serpent in the garden could converse (this snake can talk) and do it slyly, artfully and with cunning. There is also the suggestion that the serpent could stand upright during the temptation of the woman. As punishment God (3.14) said to the serpent “thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust how much is a cartier love bracelet 2013
cartier love bracelet shalt thou eat all the days of thy life “

I may not be able to describe a serpent but there are a lifetime`s of history with images of the serpent as snake. Here is just one, This third century fresco is notable because it is such an early presentation of the story.

adam and eve 01According to Terry Prest (http://idlespeculations-terryprest.blogspot.ca/) this is Adam and  Eve: The Original Sin; Third Century; Fresco; Catacomb of St Pietro and St. Marcellino; Rome. I could not find corroboration of the locale and the date.

The serpent is revered or abhorred in many stories and myths. As a point of contrast here is an image of the Mayan Vision Serpent.

YaxchilanDivineSerpent Mayan Vision Serpent Mayan mythology describes serpents as being the vehicles by which celestial bodies, such as the sun and stars, cross the heavens. The shedding of their skin made them a symbol of rebirth and renewal. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vision_Serpent).

Leave and Don`t Come Back

One day you and I may return to the Brancacci Chapel in Florence Italy. The frescoes there help illustrate a wonderful evolution in renaissance art.  Today I have just one illustration for you from that chapel.  Below is part of a fresco by Masaccio (circa 1425), before and after restoration.

Masaccio-TheExpulsionOfAdamAndEveFromEden-Restoration

Three centuries after the fresco was painted, Cosimo III de’ Medici, in line with contemporary ideas of decorum, ordered cartier bracelet that fig leaves be added to conceal the genitals of the figures. These were eventually removed in the 1980s when the painting was fully restored and cleaned.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expulsion_from_the_Garden_of_Eden).

Observations 1

Just because you think you know what you looking for that does not mean that Google understands your wishes. In hindsight I should have probably known that the search term the `Tempation of Eve` provides results that include biblical, artistic, and gay porn links.

J

Bbilography-lnkBibliography

Bible Exploration Introduction and MasterBible Exploration
Introduction and
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Genesis 2 Adam and EveGenesis 2
Adam and Eve

Genesis 3b Eve Lilith and the Other SisterGenesis 3b
Eve, Lilith
and the Other
Sister

Genesis-2 Two Naked People

Dear Reader,

In Chapter 2 and 3 we get further details on the biblical origin of man.  Before we begin this next chapter let`s begin to clarify my position on the Bible, and the lens (thank you Colleen) I am using.

First to my position on the Bible. It is a set of related stories, in which one of the characters is called God. I only have a cursory knowledge of the stories of the Bible and would like to know them better. Those same stories have been used to help establish common (within Judeo-Christian cultures) systems of belief and common codes of behaviour. Those systems and codes have been expressed and have been made manifest in many different ways.

Now to the lens. I am using this travel through the Bible to become a more informed lover of art in all its many media. I am also using this same travel as a point of departure for whatever strikes my fancy of the moment. In other words, in this exploration, the bible is the central string to which I can connect any number of threads and tangents.

OK that sounds possibly a little pompous, so let’s try that again. I don’t know the bible very well and I think it would be a good thing to know it better. By reading the Bible, I hope to understand art better (and possibly society), and to also have a little bit of fun as I go off on what the Aussies would call walk-abouts.

The Raven and the First Men (Bill Reid – 1980)

Explore-01-Genesis-raven As stories go, the creation of man in Genesis 2 is a fine story. For many years, I have had a soft spot for Bill Reid’s wonderful sculpture, The Raven and the First Men (Bill Reid – 1980). This sculpture “depicts the story of human creation. According to Haida legend, the Raven found himself alone one day on Rose Spit beach in Haida Gwaii. He saw an extraordinary clamshell and protruding from it were a number of small human beings. The Raven coaxed them to leave the shell to join him in his wonderful world. Some of the humans were hesitant at first, but they were overcome by curiosity and eventually emerged from the partly open giant clamshell to become the first Haida.” (1)

I just would not feel right if I didn’t reference Michelangelo’s fresco from the Sistine Chapel, “The Creation of Adam” (circa 1511–1512). So here it is:Explor-01-Creation of Man

Geography Lesson

Eden is to the East

A river went out of Eden and that river became the headwaters for four rivers:

  • The river Pishon runs through the entire land of Havilah and in that land there is bdellium, onyx, and gold
  • The river Gihon; runs through the entire land of Cush
  • The river Tigris runs along the east side of Assyria
  • The river Euphrates.

The Story So Far

  • Global Population 2: Adam and some as yet unnamed woman (I am serious – at this point of the story the woman is as yet unnamed)
  • There are two special trees: a tree of life, and a tree of knowledge of good and evil
  • Man and woman are naked in the garden and not ashamed (why at such early stage in our tale are shame and nudity linked)

Observations 1

Once the animals were formed they were paraded in front of Adam, and Adam named them. Now, I know a little about language acquisition, and frankly being able to name every beast of the field and fowl of the air is a remarkable linguistic feat. ( God “brought every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof”).  Furthermore, how did the ever so shy snow leopard make the journey from the Himalayas?

Footnotes

(1) http://www.billreidfoundation.ca/banknote/raven.htm

J

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Bible Exploration Introduction and MasterBible Exploration
Introduction and
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Genesis 1 Whales are SpecialGenesis 1
Whales are Special

Genesis 3a Adam the SpinelessGenesis 3a
Adam the Spineless

Genesis-1 Whales Are Special

Dear Reader,

Here we are the beginning of time with a familiar story. In summary:

  • Day 1 the light is divided from the darkness
  • Day 2 the waters and heaven are separated
  • Day 3 earth is separated from water; grass, herb yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit are all created
  • Day 4 the great light of day, the sun is created, and the lesser light of the night, the moon is created
  • Day 5 whales, all creatures that have life, and fowl that may fly are created and given the ability to go forth and multiply
  • Day 6 man and woman are created (details in chapter 2) and instructed to go forth and multiply

Observations 1

In 1.28 “God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth”. Unfortunately this does not bode well for planet earth.  Men and woman are instructed to subdue the earth and have dominion over all that moves. In other words, a cornerstone of western culture (the Bible) states that people are to take control of life rather than live in harmony with the natural world.

Observations 2

If you are a trivia buff then Day 5 answers the question what was the first named animal in the Bible. The answer is whales. Now how cool is that? As I suspected, and as Spock new in Star Trek IV “The Voyage Home”, whales are special. Sadly, in both New King James Version and the New English Translation the word whales has been replaced by “great sea creatures”.

J

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Bible Exploration Introduction and MasterBible Exploration
Introduction and
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Genesis-2 Adam and EveGenesis-2
Adam and Eve