The Apple of Our Eye We all need to be tamed. Our rough edges are honed by those who understand our temper – folks who are put in our life to round us into complete people. Eve and Enkidu are perfect examples of complementary personas. Both people serve to quench the personalities to which they provide counterpoint, Enkidu in showing Gilgamesh that he is not invincible and Eve in showing Adam that his companion in life will stick with him through thick and thin. It is by the actions and behaviors of these characters that we learn that no one is a complete person from the time of birth; we are all made whole through our interactions with those who share our own stories. Eve and Enkidu represent a similar face – both use flawed
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Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you” (Genesis 3:16) is a direct punishment for the temerity and disobedience of Eve. His punishment strikes Eve’s progeny in a way that a man cannot feel, a way which is individual to all who represent Eve and her line. God’s punishment to Adam can be shared and felt by both sexes but Eve’s punishment is for her alone. Forever will Eve’s daughters curse her name, curse her decision, and curse her failure to obey the Lord. Eve alone feels the pain of procreation; Adam remains blissfully ignorant of his partner’s agony. God seems to harbor a particular anger towards Eve for her temerity.
Having gained understanding of Good and Evil through eating the fruit, God understands that neither Eve nor Adam is his any longer to control. The obedience that God seeks will not be seen again until Abraham’s day, when Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac on the mountain satisfies God’s craving for a subservient. In Genesis, Adam and Eve’s disobedient nature presents a direct threat to God and he answered this threat:
“And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever. So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the