“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   the   flesh   at that   place.      And   the   LORD   God   fashioned   into   a   woman   the   rib   which He   had   taken   from   the   man,   and   brought   her   to   the   man.         And   the man   said,   ‘This   is   now   bone   of   my   bones,   and   flesh   of   my   flesh;   she shall   be   called   Woman,   because   she   was   taken   out   of   Man.’      For   this cause   a   man   shall   leave   his   father   and   his   mother,   and   shall   cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:21-24).
The Rib
The   story   of   God   making   (creating)   Adam’s   wife,   Eve,   from   his   rib   (Genesis   2:18-25)   is   a
familiar   one.      However,   much   less   well-known   are   the   layers   of   instructive   symbolism   which   overlie
this   story.      Until   that   symbolism   is   appreciated,   this   story   of   the   first   woman   being   made   from   her
husband’s rib, like others in the Bible, might seem rather bizarre.
First,   the   very   fact   that   God   made   Eve   from   Adam’s   rib,   instead   of   making   her   from   the   dust
of   the   ground,   as   He   had   Adam   (vs.   7),   suggests   meaningful   symbolism.      That   Adam   discerns   God’s
purpose   in   doing   so   is   observable   in   his   declaration,   “This   is   now   bone   of   my   bones,   and   flesh   of   my
flesh;   she   shall   be   called   Woman,   because   she   was   taken   out   of   Man”   (vs.   23).      This   is   reminiscent
of   the   statement   made   by   Paul:      “So   husbands   ought   also   to   love   their   own   wives   as   their   own
bodies.      He   who   loves   his   own   wife   loves   himself;   for   no   one   ever   hated   his   own   flesh,   but   nourishes
and   cherishes   it,   just   as   Christ   also   does    the   church,   because   we   are   members   of   His   body”
(Ephesians 5:28-30).
Adam   recognized   that   being   made   from   his   rib   made   Eve   a   part   of   him   and,   therefore,   like
him,   and   compatible   with   him.      This   point   is   strengthened   by   the   contrast   between   humans   and
animals   God   had   just   impressed   upon   him   by   bringing   animals   to   him   to   name   them.      Adam   might
have   named   the   animals   according   to   the   characteristics   he   saw   in   them.      In   doing   this,   he   might
well    have    seen    God’s    deeper    purpose:        to    show    him    that    none    among    the    animals    was    an
appropriate   companion   for   him.      He   needed   a   mate   specially   made   for   him   and   fully   compatible
with   him   —   one   with   the   same   flesh   and   bones   he   had,   or   one   like   him.      Adam   showed   that   he
recognized   this   by   calling   his   new   wife,   a   “woman,”   which,   in   Hebrew   ( ishshah ),   is   the   same   word
as   that   for   “man”   ( ish ),   except   for   its   feminine   ending.      So,   a   woman   is   simply   a   “female   human.”    
Thus,   humans,   men   and   women,   can   interchange   blood   with   one   another,   and,   in   some   cases,   even
body parts, without regard for whether the recipients and donors are male or female.
Also,   traditional   wedding   remarks   make   some   lovely   observations   on   the   fact   that   the   first
wife   was   made   from   a   rib   taken   from   her   husband’s   side.      Thus,   it   has   well   been   said   that   woman
was   made,   not   out   of   the   man’s   head    to   rule   over   him,   nor   out   of   his   feet    to   be   trampled   upon   by
him,   but   out   of   his   side    to   be   equal   with   him,   under   his   arm    to   be   protected   by   him,   and   near   his
heart to be loved by him.
Another   interesting   feature   of   the   rib   is   that   it   is   the   only   human   bone   which   regenerates.    
Some   lower   animals,   such   as   starfish,   can   regrow   amputated   limbs,   but   such   a   phenomenon   is   rare
in   mammals.      Among   humans,   it   is   particularly   true   that   bones   do   not   regrow.      If   they   lose   an   arm
bone,   it   does   not   regrow.      Yet,   the   rib    (the   rib)   is   an   exception.      If   a   rib   is   removed,   it   will   grow
back.      That   God   put   Adam   to   sleep   and   then   removed   one   of   his   ribs   to   make   Eve   suggests   the   idea
that,   when   a   man   gains   a   wife,   he   suffers   no   (neither)   pain   nor   loss   but   gets   a   wonderful   and
indispensable   addition.      The   Bible   says,   “He   who   finds   a   wife   finds   a   good   thing,   and   obtains   favor
from   the   Lord”   (Proverbs   18:22).      Just   as   ribs   support   the   body’s   frame   and   protect   its   most   vital
organs,   so   a   good   wife   supports   and   protects   her   husband’s   life.      It   will   elevate   the   regard   husbands
and wives have for one another and their relationship to contemplate these thoughts.
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“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   the   flesh   at   that   place.      And   the LORD   God   fashioned   into   a   woman   the   rib   which   He   had taken   from   the   man,   and   brought   her   to   the   man.         And the   man   said,   ‘This   is   now   bone   of   my   bones,   and   flesh of   my   flesh;   she   shall   be   called   Woman,   because   she was   taken   out   of   Man.’      For   this   cause   a   man   shall leave   his   father   and   his   mother,   and   shall   cleave   to   his wife; and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:21-24).
The Rib
The   story   of   God   making   (creating)   Adam’s   wife,   Eve,   from
his   rib   (Genesis   2:18-25)   is   a   familiar   one.      However,   much   less   well-
known   are   the   layers   of   instructive   symbolism   which   overlie   this
story.      Until   that   symbolism   is   appreciated,   this   story   of   the   first
woman   being   made   from   her   husband’s   rib,   like   others   in   the   Bible,
might seem rather bizarre.
First,   the   very   fact   that   God   made   Eve   from   Adam’s   rib,
instead   of   making   her   from   the   dust   of   the   ground,   as   He   had   Adam
(vs.   7),   suggests   meaningful   symbolism.      That   Adam   discerns   God’s
purpose   in   doing   so   is   observable   in   his   declaration,   “This   is   now
bone   of   my   bones,   and   flesh   of   my   flesh;   she   shall   be   called   Woman,
because   she   was   taken   out   of   Man”   (vs.   23).      This   is   reminiscent   of
the   statement   made   by   Paul:      “So   husbands   ought   also   to   love   their
own   wives   as   their   own   bodies.      He   who   loves   his   own   wife   loves
himself;   for   no   one   ever   hated   his   own   flesh,   but   nourishes   and
cherishes   it,   just   as   Christ   also   does    the   church,   because   we   are
members of His body” (Ephesians 5:28-30).
Adam   recognized   that   being   made   from   his   rib   made   Eve   a
part   of   him   and,   therefore,   like   him,   and   compatible   with   him.      This
point   is   strengthened   by   the   contrast   between   humans   and   animals
God   had   just   impressed   upon   him   by   bringing   animals   to   him   to   name
them.        Adam    might    have    named    the    animals    according    to    the
characteristics   he   saw   in   them.      In   doing   this,   he   might   well   have
seen    God’s    deeper    purpose:        to    show    him    that    none    among    the
animals   was   an   appropriate   companion   for   him.      He   needed   a   mate
specially   made   for   him   and   fully   compatible   with   him   —   one   with   the
same   flesh   and   bones   he   had,   or   one   like   him.      Adam   showed   that   he
recognized    this    by    calling    his    new    wife,    a    “woman,”    which,    in
Hebrew   ( ishshah ),   is   the   same   word   as   that   for   “man”   ( ish ),   except
for   its   feminine   ending.      So,   a   woman   is   simply   a   “female   human.”    
Thus,   humans,   men   and   women,   can   interchange   blood   with   one
another,   and,   in   some   cases,   even   body   parts,   without   regard   for
whether the recipients and donors are male or female.
Also,     traditional     wedding     remarks     make     some     lovely
observations   on   the   fact   that   the   first   wife   was   made   from   a   rib
taken   from   her   husband’s   side.      Thus,   it   has   well   been   said   that
woman   was   made,   not   out   of   the   man’s   head    to   rule   over   him,   nor
out   of   his   feet    to   be   trampled   upon   by   him,   but   out   of   his   side    to   be
equal   with   him,   under   his   arm    to   be   protected   by   him,   and   near   his
heart to be loved by him.
Another   interesting   feature   of   the   rib   is   that   it   is   the   only
human    bone    which    regenerates.        Some    lower    animals,    such    as
starfish,   can   regrow   amputated   limbs,   but   such   a   phenomenon   is   rare
in   mammals.      Among   humans,   it   is   particularly   true   that   bones   do
not   regrow.      If   they   lose   an   arm   bone,   it   does   not   regrow.      Yet,   the
rib    (the   rib)   is   an   exception.      If   a   rib   is   removed,   it   will   grow   back.    
That   God   put   Adam   to   sleep   and   then   removed   one   of   his   ribs   to   make
Eve   suggests   the   idea   that,   when   a   man   gains   a   wife,   he   suffers   no
(neither)    pain    nor    loss    but    gets    a    wonderful    and    indispensable
addition.      The   Bible   says,   “He   who   finds   a   wife   finds   a   good   thing,
and   obtains   favor   from   the   Lord”   (Proverbs   18:22).      Just   as   ribs
support   the   body’s   frame   and   protect   its   most   vital   organs,   so   a   good
wife   supports   and   protects   her   husband’s   life.      It   will   elevate   the
regard    husbands    and    wives    have    for    one    another    and    their
relationship to contemplate these thoughts.