Continuing with Adam’s Diary (translated from Adam’s original hieroglyphics by Mark Twain) …
MONDAY — I believe I see what the week is for: it is to give time to rest up from the weariness of Sunday. It seems a good idea. . . . She has been climbing that tree again. Clodded her out of it. She said nobody was looking. Seems to consider that a sufficient justification for chancing any dangerous thing. Told her that. The word justification moved her admiration–and envy, too, I thought. It is a good word.
TUESDAY — She told me she was made out of a rib taken from my body. This is at least doubtful, if not more than that. I have not missed any rib. . . . She is in much trouble about the buzzard; says grass does not agree with it; is afraid she can’t raise it; thinks it was intended to live on decayed flesh. The buzzard must get along the best it can with what is provided. We cannot overturn the whole scheme to accommodate the buzzard.
Contrary to Twain’s imaginative Diary, Adam knew Yahweh made Eve out of one of his ribs. (Genesis 2:21-23)
Yahweh made Adam out of dirt, and all humans, including Eve, descended from that one person, Adam (Acts 17:26). Eve was made out of Adam’s rib, and all other humans descended from that original pair in the usual way.
Some have doubted the Genesis record because today everyone has 12 pairs of ribs. Some think men should have fewer ribs than women, because God took one of Adam’s ribs to form Eve. However, removing a rib does not change the genetic DNA blueprint passed to offspring. The loss of a parent’s bone does not affect the child, because it does not change the DNA blueprint.
Why did Yahweh make Eve from a rib? Why that particular bone and not another? Why not the pelvis or a femur?
Some hints about the reason have been discovered through the development of bone grafts. The rib cage is an almost endless supply of bone, because ribs grow back. As long as the outer membrane covering the rib is left intact, the rib regenerates. Adam probably got his rib back!
Did Adam have a navel? No. Adam was never connected to a mother by an umbilical cord, so he did not have the scar formed by severing it. Checking belly buttons is one of several ways to distinguish someone from Adam when you hear, “I don’t know him from Adam.”
Adam (and Eve) could physically prove they were the first humans. Navels are anatomical evidence of descent. Adam and Eve did not have navels because they were not descendants. They were the originals.
But Adam may have had something else instead of a navel: a “ribbel,” formed where God extracted a rib to make Eve.
Read the prequels in this series on Adam’s Diary:
1. Adam’s Diary – A New Creature
2. Adam’s Diary – Naming the Animals
3. Adam’s Diary – Garden of Eden
4. Adam’s Diary – “We”
5. Adam’s Diary – Sunday
6. Adam’s Diary – Eve
7. Adam’s Diary – Niagara Falls
8. Adam’s Diary – Escape
9. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain I
10. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain II
11. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain III
12. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain IV
13. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain V
14. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain VI
Read the sequel:
16. Adam’s Diary – The Snake
©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
Thursday May 20, 2010 A.D.
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)