Did Eve eat an Apple in the Garden of Eden?
When I think of Eve, the world’s very first woman, I recall a dear little boy from Children’s Ministry many years ago.
This memory is forever etched in my mind. As an adult, you don’t easily forget correction from a six-year-old.
One Sunday morning, I was talking about the Garden of Eden. I went on to tell the children the story from Genesis, Chapter 3, about Adam and Eve, and the serpent.
“Now children, when Eve ate the apple, she passed it onto Adam, who also took a bite.”
“Miss Jeanette, Miss Jeanette,” said the little boy frantically, waving his hand.
“Yes,” I replied.
“Eve didn’t eat an apple,” the little boy said with a confident smile on his face.
“Oh, oh, um, I believe you are right. Eve didn’t eat an apple.
I better reread Genesis.
I was so embarrassed. A little boy just called me out in front of a bunch of children and a volunteer.
“What fruit did she eat?” asked a little girl.
“We don’t know,” said the little boy. “
Let’s see what the Bible says.
Genesis 3:6 and following say, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”
Does the Bible mention an apple?
The Bible does not mention an apple, yet somehow I had subconsciously associated this story with the Disney movie, Snow White, and the Seven Dwarfs. Not anymore.
Remember how the witch tempted Snow White and convinced her to take a bite of the apple? Do you remember what happened? Snow White fell asleep, and the prince had to come and plop a kiss on the lips to wake her.
To answer the initial question – Did Eve eat an apple in the Garden of Eden – the answer is we don’t know what type of fruit she ate because the Bible doesn’t specify.
So next time you hear someone tell the story of Adam and Eve in the garden, eating an apple, you too will be able to correct the storyteller.