The Serpent's Deception

The woman answered the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruitof the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You must not eat of it or touch it, or you will die.’“You will not surely die,” the serpent told her.


From the above narration it has an indication that Eve was only prompted to answered the serpent doubtful question.

Is satan suggesting Eve to touch first the fruit in this narration?

We know that satan is a "spiritual being" and only indwelt the serpent, so if satan would touch the fruit first it will be in a form of a "mystical touch", or satan mimicking God's action might "breathe in" to Eve soul to infect or to bring death to her soul.

As we can see from Genesis 2:7 Douay-Rheims Bible

And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth: and breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)

This particular narration in Genesis 3:3 follows by the word "beguiled" by the serpent which means Eve had been deceived into touching the fruit.

We do not know if the serpent "mystically touch" the fruit first just to show Eve that it will bring no harm to her or the punishment that "they will surely die" is not true.

It looks like the serpent knew that Eve will not easily be tempt to eat the fruit at once so he devised a sublte traps for Eve to touch it first.

My question is, is the word "touch" originates from Eve or from satan by way of suggesting Eve to touch the fruit first?

The word "touch" is associated to Eve's virginity.

As the world famous saying is if you are still a virgin the phrase "never been touch".

So can we say, in Genesis 3:3 satan is targeting to destroy the virginity of Eve by way of introducing or suggesting the word "touch".

I'm looking for answers from commentaries or Church Father teaching or even sound biblical interpretation that pertains particularly in the reflections on the words "touching the fruit" and how it is related to the virginity of Eve.

  • If Eve was still a virgin when she talked to the serpent then she'd already be a sinner for disobeying God's instructing to breed.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Aug 1, 2018 at 22:52
  • @curiousdanni there's a time for everything."a time to breed" as you said is also mentioned in genesis. But the highest calling for Adam & Eve first is perfection of virtues or Theosis, this was taught by the Church Fathers. Breeding follows but only after Theosis. Ponder the Wisdom behind Theosis,...what is the offspring of a Man & Woman who achieved perfect divination? have you thought about it? It's an "immaculate child" and the breeding will go on, the cycle of producing an immaculate child..if only the word "touch it" was resisted by Eve. Commented Aug 1, 2018 at 23:32
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    Could you clarify why you're assuming any sexual reference or context at all? I see nothing in the narrative to suggest this is anything other than a tree with fruit on it. Gen. 2:9 indicates the tree was there before Adam was even placed in the garden (2:15) and certainly before Eve was even created (2:21-22), so how could it be reasonably be tied to the sexuality of humans?
    – JDM-GBG
    Commented Aug 2, 2018 at 0:44
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    @marianagustin, I don't see any way to support the assertion that "the tree is just a metaphor." It goes completely against the plain sense of the text. You might as well claim that the whole garden was merely metaphorical (symbolizing the sinless state of humans) and not a real place.
    – JDM-GBG
    Commented Aug 2, 2018 at 22:39
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    @marianagustin, I'm using comments because I can't make any sense of the question (which appears to be based on a stack of a priori assumptions that run contrary to the text). Answers are for when the question is answerable -- if you have to question the question (which I do and am), then that's what comments are for.
    – JDM-GBG
    Commented Aug 6, 2018 at 0:19

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The words originate with Eve.

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which YHVH God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

There are three separate breaks between three separate dialogues.

Nobody says anything about touching the fruit except for Eve, so it was either a command from Adam out of fear she would eat it, or she reasoned it in her own head and thought it was true.

Perhaps something for you to consider is that after they eat the fruit, YHVH God says:

Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever

Eating the fruit was how God accomplished “making man after His likeness”, and this involved obtaining the knowledge of good and evil. Why would having sex with a serpent give them this knowledge, or make them like God?

  • A command from Adam probably, but touching it is not a sin, as God command clearly said "Do not eat". I'm looking the breaks of dialogue that's probably missing. What if, Satan having a hard time convincing Eve to eat the fruit as we know Eve had preternatural gifts too like Adam. So, it might be Eve trying to resist the temptation.So, satan "beguiled" him and suggest, ok "why not try to touch it first" to see if you will really die.Remember that's the way satan operates his attack, slowly but surely and the malice is hidden.Just my thoughts.But your answer is ok. Commented Aug 3, 2018 at 3:21

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