Thursday, July 08, 2004

That damn apple again

A striking discovery for me today as I read the book by Roberto Beretta and Elisabetta Broli, "Enigmas de la Biblia al descubierto" about the apple that was supposedly eaten by Eve. In the book, the authors intelligently noted that there was a wrong translation of the Latin term "malus-malum," which indicates bad and apple . Upon close scrutiny of the whole chapter of Genesis 3, we can find that there is no mention of the apple but rather of another fruit- the fig. Says Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. The authors concluded that it's logical that they took leaves from this tree - after eating its fruit - by its proximity to them. In fact in the Jewish tradition, they consider the forbidden fruit as the fig not the apple as widely known in the Christian world. Anyway, in matters of faith is this so crucial? Not really but here we see deception resurfaces again. If you ask me, I shall just translate the word malus as fruit since we really don't know which fruit it was originally as no one has ever known Eden.


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