Woman Rabbi Rapes Biblical Text, Eve Left Saying #MeToo

This Adam and Eve hot take may actually rank as the single most ignorant assessment of any Biblical passage of all time.

It was half painful to read and half absolutely hilarious. Then when you consider that she might actually believe what she is writing, it immediately loses its humor and becomes completely jaw-dropping. I’m talking about what Ben Shapiro has accurately dubbed, “The Single Stupidest Piece on Biblical Adam and Eve Ever Written.” Ben might be being kind by limiting the purview of this ignorance to just Adam and Eve pieces. Because right up there with the now annual accusations that God raped Mary to impregnate her with Jesus, this hot take to which he refers may actually rank as the most ignorant assessment of any Biblical passage of all time.

I’m not exaggerating. Writing for The Forward, a psychologist from Michigan named Tamara Kolton took the historical account of the Fall of Man to task for being what she called, “the first case of #MeToo.” As a general reminder, #MeToo is the movement of sex abuse survivors to tell their stories as both catharsis and awareness. So what sex abuse occurred in the account of Adam and Eve? According to Kolton, this:

The story that begins the bible, the first one that we learn in Sunday school, the founding story of man and woman upheld for thousands of years by Judeo-Christian religion, is actually the story of the first sexual assault of a woman. The woman’s name is Eve. And the perpetrator? God.

I want you to think about this. Here is a young, beautiful, intelligent, naked woman living in a state of Grace. She’s hungry, so she does the most natural thing in the world and eats a piece of fruit. For following her instincts, trusting herself, and nourishing her body, she is punished. Her punishment? She will never again feel safe in her nakedness. She will never again love her body. She will never again know her body as a place of sacred sovereignty.

Did I mention that author Tamara Kolton identifies herself a “rabbi?” To be sure, there are plenty of religious voices that err when understanding or teaching the Biblical text. It’s one reason why Scripture contains such a harsh warning for those who would attempt it. To misrepresent the truth of the Bible is not like misrepresenting the underlying lesson of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, or butchering the moral lesson at the heart of one of Mother Goose’s fairy tales.

No matter how funny, bizarre, or absurd a take like Kolton’s may be, it’s not something to brush off. Not when you consider the painful biblical illiteracy that plagues our country. While I agree with Shapiro that this woman’s take is awful to the point of embarrassment, there are unquestionably far too many – even who attend church – that will find her assessment reasonable and thought provoking. It is not. It is blasphemy and heretical.

For instance, take Kolton’s claim that after God’s justice, Eve “will never again know her body as a place of sacred sovereignty.” That’s an astoundingly incoherent statement when one considers that Eve’s entire problem was that she sought personal sovereignty in her body and mind. She rejected the perfect discernment offered to her through obedience to her Creator and replaced it with a creaturely one. This is why I say heretical: Kolton exalts the very spiritual rebellion Scripture explicitly condemns.

But that wasn’t all, of course. Take this remarkable blasphemy:

“What have you done?” He God thunders. Eve wants to defend herself, but she is too ashamed to speak. Eve, our first mother whose name means the “mother of all living things,” is silenced, much the way the “patients” of Dr. Nassar were.

First of all, God actually "thunders" at Adam first. Nor is Eve silent. She, like Adam before her, promptly blames God for the whole mess. But all that’s beside the point. Consider this despicable comparison Kolton makes between Almighty God and sexual predator Larry Nassar. God has placed Eve in a garden of perfection, given her every fruit imaginable for food, put her in a state of such paradise that she would want for nothing. But Kolton sees that as analogous to a perverted doctor molesting young girls. Tamara Kolton is just the latest to remind us that the mind of man is wicked beyond imagination.

To her unintentional credit, Kolton did get something right. While falsely blasting the book of Genesis as myth, she writes that it,

…teaches us that women are liars and sinners. Even if “She” is telling the truth, she deserved it.

It’s true. Women are liars and sinners. All of them. Just like all men are liars and sinners. It’s the natural state of humanity and why we are in desperate need of a Savior. Though Kolton finds fault in this, addressing humanity in any other way is not only unbiblical, it’s unreasonable.

Which leads any rational mind to the inescapable conclusion that hers was not a serious effort at exegesis, analysis, or even opinion journalism. It was a transparent appeal to cultural passions in the hopes of generating clicks. What else explains these concluding sentences:

I know that at this very moment in time, Eve is with us and she is awed and proud that we are finally finding our voices, one at time, and then hundreds, and thousands at a time. She, who was lost to us so long ago, is actually here with us now, marching in the streets, testifying, raising her voice, at last. Just listen…Eve, our blessed mother, is saying, “#Metoo.”

If Eve truly is “with us” and watching, and if she is saying #MeToo about rape, it is specifically about the raping of the biblical text committed by Ms. Kolton – mutilating Eve’s account of sin and failure, Eve’s testimony to the consequence of spiritual rebellion – that she is protesting.

Can we spell "eisegesis"?


Maybe someone should point out that the actual sin was a sexual relation between Eve and the Serpent (Satan) and she gave to Adam to partake, even worse. A child was born to that union, Cain, that progeny, Kenites are around even to this day. Gen 3:15, Matt. 13, Matt 12:35, Matt 23:33, John 8:44, 2 Corinthians 11:3 "Beguiled" Strongs Concordance Greek #1818 exapataō, To Seduce Wholly.

Where was Tamara Kolton educated? At the Meijer check out line? Kolton's 'assessment' originates from the pages of gossip magazines and her apparent devotion to TMZ. She is lazy and arrogant but worse, she's spreading evil.

A "physician" in need of the Great Physician.

What's scary about this is that there are people out there who will Kolton's words seriously.

This isn't the first time this ides was put forth. I think it was during the pussy hat march last year that one totally forgettable used it.

This is why the apostle said no women in the pulpit. To boot a liberal women...

Ms. Kolton' said: "God has placed Eve in a garden of perfection, given her every fruit imaginable for food"; then she goes on to say that Eve was hungry. What she failed to say is that God gave Adam and Eve far more than enough food, any one of which Eve could have eaten to solve her hunger problem, but NO, she wanted what was "forbidden" and was not hers to have. In other words, God reserved "the knowledge of good and evil" for Himself, but Eve (with the help of the challenge Satan gave to her) chose to eat fruit from the one and only plant that God told Adam and Eve not to eat from. Isn't that like so many people, not only today but over the years? We want what others have and we don't. But what too many fail to see is the destruction that follows our disobedience to God's command. Even as grown-ups we are like small children. We want what looks good but we don't pay attention to the fact that it can be (and usually is) destructive. Look at all of the lives that have been ruined because someone looked better than the person they are married to. Or that glass of alcoholic beverage looked so good and refreshing. And the list could go on.


While I don't see Ms. Kolton's assertions regarding the Adam and Eve story, I would daresay my interpretation would differ from the article's author. If all humans are liars and sinners cannot we lay that at God's feet for creating us imperfect? For telling two ignorant humans that they could eat of any tree in the garden except for the two in the center. Two humans who have no concept of right and wrong until they eat of the fruit of one of those trees. A God who is described as omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent somehow, missed the serpent tempting Eve, and then Eve's tempting of Adam. Even as a fallible human I see the mistakes, that if they weren't deliberate, makes God a much lesser being. And if they were deliberate, a moral thug

No; eisegesis is the correct term. Look it up.

So the upshot of her story is that I am believing in a myth incorrectly? I am constantly amazed at the number of people who believe that Christianity is a myth/lie/crutch, and then proceed to tell me how to correctly interpret the Bible. It is laughable in a way.


Riftsrunner said, "If all humans are liars and sinners cannot we lay that at God's feet for creating us imperfect?" Actually, no we cannot. God did not create us to sin. He created us with free will to make our own choices. God did not create us to mindlessly do good. Were we robots, we would not be human. Because we make our own choices as physical beings in a physical world, we will, and do, all make wrong choices. That is called sin. We bring it on ourselves. It is neither God's desire nor is it His doing. Read James 1:14-15.


If you have children, would you force them to love you, knowing they only did it because you made them? Or would you want them to love you of their own desire? God created man (like Satan) with the ability to disobey. He desires us to serve Him, but not of force. God knowing what we will do, doesn't negate our responsibility for our sin.

No it wasn't. You are making the story to be something it is not. Eve desired to be like God and sinned with Satan's urging. There was no sexual relationship between Eve and the serpent. Through Adam, sin passed to all men. That is impossible if some were not his progeny.