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The Women of Genesis Root of All Evil In the Book of Genesis the New Revised Standard Version women play a very significant behind-the-scenes role in many of the events that affect the main characters One of the most representative themes in the book shows mans view of woman by the role women play in almost every episode They are often depicted as deceiving seductresses causing more trouble than they are worth Probably the most monumental of events is that of the creation of Adam and Eve and the temptation of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil Almost immediately in the beginning of the book woman stirs up trouble and dooms all mankind It is almost inevitable that the women created after such a tragedy should follow in Eves footsteps Eve did not necessarily condemn herself and Adam and all humans to come by deceit or seduction Her evil wrongdoing came in the form of temptation As the serpent presented the option of tasting the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge Eve became full of pride in believing she could be like God with this wisdom Genesis 35 When God found Adam and Eve hiding from him and asked him if he ate from the tree Adams reply was that Eve gave him the fruit and he ate He did not take sole responsibility for eating the fruit but made sure to point out that it was the womans idea to eat it Even the punishments given out to the three violators illuminate the guiltiest of sinners God punishes Adam by making him have to work for all his food and punishes the serpent by causing conflict between him and man But the punishment of woman seems to be the most severe To Eve He condemns painful hard child births and leaves her to be ruled by her husband Genesis 316 The solemn harshness of Eves punishment suggests that even God is most
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