The Curses of Adam and Eve

by Martin Kamaka, June 2014

1500 words

5 pages


What is the difference between the curse given to Adam and the one given to Eve? Why are they given different curses, and is this significant? Do the punishments correspond to the distinct manners in which Adam and Eve fell into sin?

It was decided to devote my analytical paper to the disobedience of Adam and Eve, as it is safe to assume that their act of resistance to the ubiquitous God’s power is the beginning of every human’s everlasting desire to yield to the temptation whatever it may be, rather than to be in harmony with what God has given to you. Human desires are endless, and ordinarily, they do make much sense as well. Regardless of the laws the Universe, namely God, has created for every living creature on Earth, people are still struggling to prove to the higher power they do not even believe in that they know better, that they know it all. That is exactly why it appears quite thrilling to study this particular question.

Due to the understandable fact that there are various interpretations of the Bible, as well as, the number of individuals, who facilitate to the diversification of the Holy Bible in view of the desire to benefit even from this kind of activity, there is a myriad of interpretations of the curses that are given to Adam and Eve for eating the forbidden fruit. It seems of great importance to mention that there those, who truly believe that God does punish Adam and Eve for disobedience, however, he never curses them: “Immediately prior to the expulsion of Adam and Even from Eden, when speaking to the snake and the earth, the Bible explicitly states that God cursed them, but the text does not say that God cursed Adam and Eve” (Rabinowitz, n.d.). The fact that there is no literal mention of the curse in relation to Adam and Eve, provides enough proof for the adherent of this position, Avi Rabinowitz, who views the expulsion of Adam and Even from Eden as an almost pre-determined necessity, “a change in the metaphysical status of mankind and of universe he inhabited, from a spiritual reality to an environment ruled by “natural law” (Rabinowitz, n.d.).

It is a certainty that the only way to resolve this non-existent debate is to turn to the Bible, and realize that despite the differences of interpretations, it says: “And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The Serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life […]” (Genesis, 3:14). To put it another way, God pronounces the curse upon the serpent, not upon the man or the woman. Adam and Eve are punished for disobedience; however, they are not at …

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