Eve and the Breath of Life

Eve Gives Adam Life

Eve was not produced from Adam’s rib; rather, Adam was created by fallen angels who abandoned him as lifeless experiment, a soulless robot who lay twitching helplessly on the ground until Sophia’s daughter Eve descended from the heavens and brought him to life:

“When Eve saw her co-likeness cast down, she pitied him, and she said, ‘Adam, live! Rise up on the earth!’ Immediately her word became a deed… Adam rose up [and] he opened his eyes. When he saw her, he said, ‘You will be called ‘the mother of the living’ because you are the one who gave me life.1

In yet another version of the story, Sophia took pity on Adam and tricked Yaldabaoth into bringing him to life by sacrificing some of his own, stolen power:

“Yaldabaoth breathed into man the breath of life [Gen. 2:7] and was thus secretly deprived of the power; hence man had mind and desire, and these are the parts of man which are saved.”2


  1. “On the Origin of the World.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 70. []
  2. “The Sethian-Ophites.” The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 662. []

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