Birthplace: The Garden of Eden
Best known as: The world's first woman, according to the Bible
According to the Bible, Eve was the Earth's first woman and the mate of Adam in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 2:21, God takes a rib from Adam and uses it to create Eve. Eve is tempted by Satan (in the form of a serpent), who encourages her to disobey God by eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge. She does so and then gives the fruit to Adam. When God discovers they have disobeyed him, he expels them from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23). In Christian tradition, Eve is honored as the first woman and the mother of humankind, but also condemned for convincing Adam to eat from the tree of knowledge and thereby ruining paradise.
Extra credit: Eve and Adam had three children: Cain, Abel and Seth; Cain later slew Abel in a fit of jealousy... The fruit of the Tree of Knowledge often is depicted as an apple, but that is not explicitly stated in the Bible... In cartoons and other drawings, Adam and Eve are usually shown wearing fig leaves; Genesis 3:7 states that Adam and Eve "sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves"... In Hebrew myth, Eve was preceded by Lilith, an earlier wife of Adam. Lilith argued with Adam, disappeared, and was replaced by Eve.
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