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All About Eve: The First Woman in the Bible

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


According to Genesis 2:23, Eve was called “woman because she was taken out of man.” In other words, she was "a man with a womb." Literally “woman” means “man-ess.” God made the first man and the first woman “one flesh.” Therefore, they were so connected that they didn't need to call each other by names.

The first woman was different from all other women. In fact, there is a long list of firsts involving the first woman who was later named Eve.

1. Eve: First Woman

Eve was the very first woman to live on the face of the earth. God created her as a complete, perfect woman from Adam's rib. She was the only person who was created that way.

The woman appeared on the earth to be her husband's counterpart, companion and helpmeet. She was never a child with parents.

The man and woman were to enjoy life in a sinless paradise. All that changed when the woman had an encounter with the serpent.

2. Eve: Most Beautiful Woman

There has been no woman who have lived who was more beautiful than Eve. Eve had a beautiful face and form because she was created perfect by God, and she reflected God's divine perfection in all areas of her life until she and Adam sinned.

3. Eve: First and Only Woman to Be Born Without Sin

Since Eve was the first woman, she had no inherited sin. She had no girlfriends to be jealous of or to gossip with. There was no other man on earth besides her own husband, so there was not an opportunity for her to cheat.

Eve had many advantages that no other woman has ever had. She was created without sin and was in a place where it was hard to sin until she was beguiled by the serpent. While Eve was born without sin, she became the world’s first sinner.

4. Eve: First Woman to Be Called a Wife

Eve was specifically created to be Adam's companion because God said it was not good for him to be alone. God created Eve to be Adam's wife.

Just think that Eve didn't have to go through what brides go through these days by planning engagement parties, weddings, receptions, and honeymoons. Eve had everything she needed while being in the garden with her husband. They were created as one in love for each other and for God.

5. Eve: First Person to Be Tempted by Satan

The woman was not present when God commanded Adam not to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. However, the woman was aware of the command. The woman was alone when the serpent tempted her to eat the forbidden fruit. Before she ate, the woman had a face-to-face dialogue with a legged serpent, according to Genesis 3:1-5.

The woman talked to the serpent and responded to what the creature said. The serpent deliberately challenged God's words, and he succeeded in getting the woman to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. After she ate, she shared the fruit with her husband. The Bible doesn't say it was an apple.

That was the first sin in the Bible. The couple was banished from the Garden of Eden so they would not live in sin in paradise.

6. Eve: First Garment Designer

Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were innocent and had no shame even though they were naked, according to Genesis 2:25. Everything changed after they sinned. Their eyes were opened, and they knew they were naked. Therefore, they attempted to cover themselves with fig leaves they were not sufficient to hide them from God’s eyes.

Therefore, Adam and Eve were the first to design garments. “They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons” (Genesis 3:7). God rejected the covering the first sinners on earth made because it represented their own effort. So God provided them with “coats of skins.”

7. Eve: First Woman to Experience the Pains of Childbirth

Before pronouncing judgments on the three in the garden, God talked to the man and woman in the reverse order of their sins so they could explain themselves (Genesis 3:14-19).

The man said:

“The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

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Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said:

“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

God didn't require an explanation from the serpent. God let the serpent know what his punishment would be. So the Lord God said to the serpent:

“Because you have done this,'Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.'”

The serpent has legs and was meant to walk upright. However, God cursed him to be on his belly. Some people say if you pick up a snake you will see knobs where his feet used to be.

To the woman he said:

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you” (Genesis 3:16).

The woman's punishment was to have pains in childbearing and to be in a subservient relationship to her husband. Modern-day women have no choice but to accept the first part of the above scripture. However, many women do not go along with allowing their husbands to rule over them.

Adam's penalty was the last because he was the last one to sin in the garden. To Adam God said:

“Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it.’

“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return” (Genesis 3:17-19).

8. Eve: The First Mother

The Bible mentions Eve's first three sons. Cain was born first. Abel was the second son. After Cain killed Abel, Eve gave birth to Seth, a third son.

Genesis 5:4 says Adam and Eve were parents to other sons and daughters besides Cain, Abel, and Seth. Nothing else about Eve is recorded in the Old Testament after that. Her name is later mentioned twice in the New Testament.

9. Eve: First Mother of a Murderer

Cain became a tiller of the soil. Abel became a keeper of sheep. The older son presented his produce from the ground to God who rejected it. God accepted Abel’s offering because it contained blood. Cain became jealous and slew his brother.

Eve experienced the banishment of Cain, the burial of Abel, and the birth of another son named Seth.

10. Eve: First to Receive Divine Redemption on the Cross

Eve was the first sinner and also the first one to receive a prophecy of redemption. God told the serpent, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15). That was a foreshadow of what would happen thousand of years later on the cross when Jesus would bruise the serpent's head by his redemptive work.

The first sin came through the woman. Through that same woman, redemption came to the entire world through Jesus' death on the cross.

11. Eve: First and Last

No other woman can be like Eve in that she was born complete and perfect. She was the first woman to sin, but she wasn't the last. In that respect, all women and men are like Eve.

According to Romans 3:23-24:

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on October 08, 2020:

MG Singh emge, thanks a lot for reading my article and for your kind comments. I usually write and teach the way I learn. I learn best when things are in order and are based on the subject.

I just posted an article about Jezebel. Since you like the one about Eve, you might also enjoy the one about Jezebel.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on October 08, 2020:

I must credit you with a lot of research and presenting all these in a relevant manner. Most of these are known but nobody thinks of them and that is the importance of your article.

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