Eve, Incest, and Polygamy
I tried to find a way to nitpick the creation story, but it’s too deep in the realm of fiction to critique seriously. I’d be obligated to accuse every line of being outrageous. It’s more honest (and easier…) to just accept it as an interesting stab at contemplating “the beginning,” and move on. Actually, compared to a lot of other creation myths it’s pretty unimaginative.
But the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die! No, god knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who knows what is good and what is bad.”
As I read through “The Fall of Man,” depicted by the writers as more like, “How Man was Dragged Down by Woman,” I noticed that Eve wasn’t in fact tricked into eating the Fruit of Knowledge as I had always thought. She eats it after being given very accurate information about its potential effects, and then lied to god about being tricked. You may conclude that this is an unimportant detail. I find it much more interesting that our fall from grace wasn’t caused by the machinations of the serpent and therefore inevitability out of our control.
Eve knew what would happen, and she made a choice between “ignorance and Eden,” or “knowledge and the unknown.” She didn’t display gullibility or immorality, she showed bravery, curiosity, and disobedience. Throughout history I’m sure this story has inspired much misogyny and support for a surveillance state (as the church often was). I enjoy reimagining the morals as supporting feminist ideals and an instinct to question authority.
The sons of heaven saw how beautiful the daughters of man were, and so they took for their wives as many of them as they chose.
This appears in the bible without condemnation or any explanation of gods attitude. It comes up as a matter of fact. I could be confusing the translation, but if not, it is saying that the original population practiced polygamy. Also, let’s not forget that this original population necessarily must have been the products of incest. I expect the bible will condemn polygamy and incest later on, but then we’ve found one of the countless contradictions amongst its stories. There will be many more, and more interesting, contradictions as we keep going.