BAR 41:05, Sep/Oct 2015
Was Eve Made from Adam’s Rib—or His Baculum?
In a BAR review of my recent book, What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden?, Professor Mary Joan Leith of Stonehill College remarks that I argue persuasively that woman was made not from one of Adam’s ribs but from his os baculum, his penis bone.a
Subsequently, BAR received a letter in response to this review calling attention to a fact that may appear to make my argument difficult to accept. Genesis 2:21 reads, “So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh” (NRSV). If Adam had more than one of these from which God could choose, it could not refer to his baculum.