Did Eve Get the Memo?
Posted by robf on July 4, 2012
What did Eve know and when did she know it?
In reading the account of the Creation and Fall in Genesis and Moses, we find something very interesting about the commandment to not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil: the commandment was given to Adam alone (Genesis 2:16-17; Moses 3:16-17). Eve wasn’t there. She only appears after Adam is given this commandment.
However, by the time the Serpent (Genesis) or Satan (Moses) shows up to tempt Eve, she seems to know about the commandment (Geneisis 3: 2-3 ; Moses 4:8-9).
So how does she know about this commandment? Did God reveal this to her himself, or did she just get this commandment by way of Adam? Does it matter? How might this help us understand the nature of Eve’s state of knowledge and relationship to Adam and God before the Fall? Does that change our understanding of her relationships to Adam and God after the Fall? While some of this may not be appropriate for discussion on a public blog, how does the Temple Account of Creation and Fall differ from these written accounts, and how does it add to or perhaps alter our view of what is going on here?