Women of the Bible: 52 Bible Studies for Individuals and Groups Copyright © 1999, 2002 by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda An abridgment of Women of the Bible Copyright © 1999 by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 ISBN 0-310-24492-7 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other- except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Published in association with Wolgemuth and Associates, Inc., 8600 Crestgate Circle, Orlando, FL 32819. Interior design by Susan Ambs Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 - 25 24 23 22 21 10 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 We want to hear from you. Please send your comments about this book to us in care of the address below. Thank you. EVE Her Name Means "Life-giving" or "Mother of All Who Have Life" HER CHARACTER: She came into the world perfectly at peace with her God and with her husband, the only other person on the planet. She lived in Paradise, possessing every pleasure imaginable. She never knew the meaning of embarrassment, misunderstanding, hurt, estrangement, envy, bitterness, grief, or guilt until she listened to her enemy and began to doubt God. KEY SCRIPTURES: Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 2-4 The man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh.Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man." For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman,"Did God really say,'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent,"We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say,'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'" "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman."For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. . . . So the LORD God said to the serpent,"Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life." GENESIS 2:20-3:7, 14 Eve's Life and Times C h i l d b i r t h Eve was the first woman to conceive a child, the first to harbor a fertilized egg in her womb. Did she understand the miracle taSyswerda, Jean E. is the author of 'Women of the Bible 52 Bible Studies for Individuals and Groups', published 2002 under ISBN 9780310244929 and ISBN 0310244927.