Subtitle: It’s all about equality
The Genesis story of the first sin is mythological. Not false, but rather ahistorical. In a word, it didn’t happen, yet it expresses a number of truths about life.
We (women and men, equally) are endowed with knowledge of right and wrong, and…
In the circumstances and chances of our daily living, we are called to choose between the two (always being mindful that life is laden with ambiguity), and…
When we choose rightly (wisely), there are blessings and consequences for our choosing wrongly and…
In choosing wrongly, we (women and men, equally) are subject to the temptation of disavowing personal responsibility and casting blame on someone or something else.
Thus, what needs rehabilitation is not Eve’s image, but rather the restoration of humankind’s…mankind’s view of women as equal.
For so it was in the Garden of Eden…before The Fall.
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Illustration: Adam and Eve in Paradise, Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601-1678). The artist depicts the perfection in beauty and harmony, diversity and equality of life in the Garden of Eden.
 From what sources and by whatever means, e.g., civil code, natural law, religious ethical instruction.
 God called to the man, saying, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard you in the garden, I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.” God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman you gave to be with me, she gave me the fruit, and I ate.” God said to the woman, “What have you done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3.9-13; my adaptation with emphases mine).
 “The Fall” is that biblical, theological term referencing humankind’s disobedience to and rejection of the Divine ordering and perfection in peace of Creation; a disobedience and rejection that continues throughout human history.