Bevere on Adam and Eve, reprise
Robby Prenkert

Hi Robby,

I’m always amazed at the Bible. I’ve read this account many times and I never noticed the ‘with her’ in Genesis 3:6. After looking into what others had to say about it, I came across a couple sources that may also be of interest to you:

I don’t put these forward as providing a definitive answer because there’s no conclusive way to know if there is a time gap between when the Serpent spoke with a Eve and when Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit. It makes for a rich and interesting study though.

As to your questions, here are hopefully reasonable answers:

  1. It is inferred that God told Adam not to eat from the tree, and Adam told Eve because in Genesis 2 God’s instructions to Adam precedes the creation of Eve. That would be the only available evidence to back the claim.
  2. No, what happened to Eve shouldn’t be taken as blaming Eve for what happened. If she had been to blame, then God would have said so when He judged the serpent, Eve and Adam. If you really want to ascribe blame in the manner you are proposing, then God should be blamed as the responsible party for everything that happened from Genesis 1:1 onward. After all we didn’t ask to be created.
  3. If Adam told Eve not to eat from the tree as is supposed, then certainly God would have intended it this way. There’s no disputing with you there. It is entirely possible for knowledge to be communicated rather than revealed while remaining in accordance with God’s will. Just as God spoke directly with Moses, and Moses in turn told the Israelites what God said for them to do.
  4. It seems likely that if Adam had been party to the discussion with the Serpent, he surely would have corrected Eve when she misquoted God about the tree or otherwise would have intervened to change the outcome. This fact of what Adam ought to have done is the closest thing to evidence to back the claim that Adam wasn’t present during the discussion. (Some of the English translations include the ‘with her’ clause in Gen. 3:6, but others do not. I haven’t checked the Hebrew manuscripts or Strong’s Concordance on this.)
  5. Yes, this is the point. Adam and Eve did not have the benefit of the written Word of God that we have today. Without the written Word, it was much easier for Eve to be deceived. The written Word doesn’t provide protection against willful sinning though.

As to Bevere’s teaching about the two kinds of knowledge, it wouldn’t just be good intuition. It would be the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as He exercises His teaching gift. The difference in the two kinds of knowledge shows up a number of places in the Scriptures. Job 42:5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You”. The lives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; particularly Jacob who had heard of his grandfather’s God and later in life actually met Him. Additionally, the generations of Israelites who were led by God out of Egypt and through the wilderness as compared to the ones who came later and fell away from The Lord to serve the Baals.

You raise fair points about the assumptions and inferences Bevere made in the teaching. As these are speculations that fall in the gaps between what is explicitly written in the Genesis account, there’s no ground for making a rebuttal or holding a strong view on the correct interpretation.

However, would you not agree that the Serpent’s approach was an effective one based on the outcome obtained and that there was some advantage to be had by discussing the tree with Eve rather than Adam?

One of the more important teachings from the Bible is that life is found in obeying God and knowledge on its own isn’t enough. This example of Adam in the Genesis account perfectly illustrates this point. Luke 12:47–48 And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

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