Bible Professor Believes This One ‘Mistranslated’ Word Means Eve Was Not Created From Adam’s Rib — but From a Very Different Body Part
A professor of the Bible in California has posed the theory that the Adam and Eve narrative in the book of Genesis was mistranslated and that Eve was created not out of Adam’s rib, but his baculum, or penis bone.
Ziony Zevit, a professor of biblical literature and Northwest Semitic languages at American Jewish University in California, recently presented his argument in an article in Biblical Archaeology Review based both on what he believes to be an erroneous translation for the Hebrew word for “rib” and also on the unique anatomy of the human male, one of the few mammals lacking a baculum.
He also pointed to the fact that men and women have the same number of ribs and that men have an even number of ribs, suggesting none are missing.
Zevit wrote that the translation of the Hebrew word “tsela” as “rib” was incorrect. In fact, leading Jewish Torah scholars have for centuries have been debating the meaning of the Hebrew word.
In a cover story in Biblical Archaeology Review, “Was Eve Made from Adam’s Rib—or His Baculum?,” Zevit argued that “tsela” appears 40 times in the Old Testament, but it was translated as “rib” only in the Adam and Eve context.
Elsewhere it was translated as “side,” referring to an object protruding from the main body.