In most versions of the Holy Bible (the Old Testament), the Book of Genesis states that Eve was created, by God, from the rib of Adam. Here is the passage, quoted below for your examination and reading:
2.18 And the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him."
2.19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
2:21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof,
2:22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.
2:23 And Adam 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."
Clearly, as the Holy Bible points out, Adam was created first, before Eve. Then, later, Eve was created by God removing one of Adam's ribs.
However, human embryology tells us a story that's a little bit different...
First of all, it's best to determine exactly what "embryology" really is:
Embryology is the study of the biology of the early formation of an organism. The science of embryology starts with the most basic original formation of the organism. From this point, embryology continues to follow the "growth" of the organism through its earliest phases of development until it is "born." (In the case of the human organism, this would be when the child is, literally, born.) Embryology focuses on these phases of early growth, early developmental formation, and even includes its earliest functional developments. The term embryology is based on the word, "embryo," which simply means an organism until it is "unborn" or "unhatched."
With humans, everything really begins when a man and woman engage in intercourse. When the male sperm (from the man) encounters and fertilizes the female egg (from the woman), this is when the embryological process begins. Now we have a two-celled structure that starts to differentiate into four cells, eight cells, sixteen cells, thirty-two cells, and on an on as the human embryo begins to develop and form.
Interestingly enough, however, the "template" for the human being is female and not male. Which is to say, that if the embryo isn't acted upon by a specific hormonal influence being introduced, the unaffected embryo will evolve and be born a female. Not a male.
In the absence of this hormonal influence, the embryo will naturally develop into a female. To develop into a female, no hormonal influence is utilized or necessary to trigger the female to become (or develop) into a female instead of a male. It happens automatically.
The ingredient that acts on the "female" template of the human species, so that the female develops as a male, only occurs if the "Y" chromosome is genetically present. This causes the embryological gonads to evolve into testes and to secrete testosterone. The secretion of this testosterone further allows the embryo to develop into a male and also inhibits the embryological gonads from forming into fallopian tubes and a uterus.
Again, if the "Y" chromosome is not present, the embryological gonads will develop into fallopian tubes and a uterus. However, when the "Y" chromosome is involved, this causes the testes to develop and then they must secrete testosterone for the embryo to continue to develop as a male. Again, under the influence of the "Y" chromosome and testosterone, only then, does the embryo "change" from a female into a male.
So, to answer the question, as it usually stated, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" we can pose a similar question; and that question is, biologically, "Who came first, Adam or Eve?" and the answer would appear to be Eve, not Adam; at least, according to the science of embryology.
Does this shed new light on the Adam and Eve story, as outlined at the beginning of this article in the Book of Genesis? Certainly, for some people, for other people it may shed no light at all. Does this contradict what is written in some versions of the Old Testament? To some degree, certainly, however, perhaps God decided to change things around a bit for the continuation of the human race...?
Georg von Neumann
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