Concerning Gen 2:21, Retrodiagnosis, and Methodology in Scriptural Study: A Response to Hector AvalosI noted Professor Avalos's article here.
If Hebrew ṣēlā‘ is interpreted as “rib,” a different explanation has to be provided for the etiological statement in Gen 2:21. None is provided or mentioned by Avalos.
See Also: Ziony Zevit. What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden? Yale University Press; Illustrated edition, 2013.
“Chapter 12 reproduced by permission of Yale University Press.”
By Ziony Zevit
American Jewish University
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