Eve and the Breath of Life

Eve was not produced from Adam’s rib; rather, Adam was created by fallen angels who abandoned him as lifeless experiment, a soulless robot who lay twitching helplessly on the ground until Sophia’s daughter Eve descended from the heavens and brought him to life:

“When Eve saw her co-likeness cast down, she pitied him, and she said, ‘Adam, live! Rise up on the earth!’ Immediately her word became a deed… Adam rose up [and] he opened his eyes. When he saw her, he said, ‘You will be called ‘the mother of the living’ because you are the one who gave me life. [1]

In yet another version of the story, Sophia took pity on Adam and tricked Yaldabaoth into bringing him to life by sacrificing some of his own, stolen power:

“Yaldabaoth breathed into man the breath of life [Gen. 2:7] and was thus secretly deprived of the power; hence man had mind and desire, and these are the parts of man which are saved.” [2]

NOTES

  1. “On the Origin of the World.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 70. []
  2. “The Sethian-Ophites.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 662. []

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