Eve (Hebrew: חַוָּה, Classical Hebrew: Ḥawwāh, Modern Israeli Hebrew: Khavah, Arabic: حواء, Syriac: ܚܘܐ, Tigrinya: ሕይዋን? or Hiywan) is a figure in the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible, in most Abrahamic traditions identified as the first woman. "Eve" in the Hebrew language is Ḥawwāh, meaning: "living one" or "source of life", and is related to ḥāyâ, "to live", derived from the Semitic root ḥyw.
- Quotes from works of literature of the character "Eve"
- We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Quotes about Eve edit
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- When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.
- Eve's temptation of Adam to sin, by proferring him a forbidden apple from the Tree of Knowledge, was generally interpreted as sexual; St. Augustine and others speculated on the nonsexual means of reproduction available to human kind before the fall. In pictorial representations Eve often holds the apple close to her breast, and the couple invariably hides their genitals after the fall. She is closely associated with the serpent, which in the bronze doors of Hildesheim (1015) inserts itself between her legs. The horizontal pubescent figure of Eve from the Cathedral of Autun, showing a repentance that is appropriate to the portal where sinners petitioned for pardon, is nonetheless conflated with the serpent gliding on its belly through the garden as its punishment. By the thirteenth century Eve may be somewhat voluptuous, but her face is often mirrored in that of the serpent, into which she gazes with homosexual desire.
- Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia, edited by Margaret Schaus, Routledge, (2006), "Depictions of Eve"; p. 83.
- Although her disobedience is tragic, Eve’s innocence is not all bad. Certainly, that innocence leads her to make a poor choice - the very worst - but the fact that she makes a choice at all, the fact that she engages the Devil in a debate which could go either way, the fact that she acts without God breathing down her neck - all speak for her free will or, what amounts to the same thing, her margin for error. It is from this margin for error that freedom springs, because you can’t be free to right unless you can be free to be wrong.
- “Had it not been for Eve, woman would have never acted unfaithfully towards the husband.” (3471).
- After all these years I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.
- Why can't these American women stay in their own country? They are always telling us that it is the paradise for women. It is. That is the reason why, like Eve, they are so excessively anxious to get out of it.
- Eve, smiling, pluck’d the apple, then
Laugh’d, sigh’d—and tasted it again:
“Strange such a pleasant, juicy thing
On a forbidden tree should spring!”But had she seen with clearer eyes,
Or had the serpent been less wise,
She’d scarce have shown such little wit
As to let Adam taste of it!
- Lady Margaret Sackville, "The Apple", Selected Poems (1852), p. 26
All Church Humour edit
Anonymous All Church Humour.
- Surely God must have been disappointed in Adam: He made Eve so different.
- p. 11
- While Adam slept, Eve from his side arose,
Strange, his first sleep should be his last repose.
- p. 11
- There was a lady of Eden,
Who on apples was quite fond of feeding.
She gave one to Adam
Who said, “Thank you, Madam”,
And then both skeddaled from Eden
- p. 12