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The Intimidating Female in Genesis In the narrative in the book of Genesis there are two main objectives The first is a general goal to create a complex world designed for ideal human existence according to divinely legislated principles The second is Gods desire to establish a great nation within this world According to the narrative God aims to achieve these goals by constructing frameworks for his goals and then enlisting carious humans to help see them to fruition However as amply demonstrated in Genesis the human variable is volatile and frequently confronts God with instances of insubordination As a Collective human element women in Genesis often appear as obstacles to these broad-overriding goals through nonfulfillment of their particular roles in the divine scheme From the Garden of Eden right through to the story of Joseph women as wives mothers and daughters are typically unreliable inadequate deceitful or simply by virtue of their womanhood an outright liability and they frequently threaten to undermine Gods will as it is expressed in the opening book of the Bible Gods first instruction to a human being occurs during the initial telling of the creation story in Genesis Adam and Eve have the mutual responsibility to be fruitful and multiply fill the earth and subdue it128 However it is really the second narrative detailing the creation of man and woman that establishes Gods structure of the world In this structure Eden is created for the first man Adam who has one basic function to work and guard Eden 215 and only one prohibition to abstain from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge 216 Starting right from Genesis in this additional description of the Eden story tension already arises between Eve the first biblical woman ironically created specifically to complete the Eden habitat for Adam and the divine process Duped by the serpent she not only succumbs and eats the forbidden fruit but also encourages
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