The Bible is home to many stories that have shaped the world that we live in today. The stories of the Bible seem to be life-lessons, taken literally by many readers. Among these stories, written in the Old Testament, are those involving Eve and Delilah. Stories like the ones involving Eve and Delilah have somewhat shaped the way women are viewed throughout all of society in today’s world. Throughout history women have always been viewed as inferior to men, the housekeeper, the child bearer, the caregiver, a piece of property, and as a temptress or seductress to men. Throughout this paper I will compare Eve and Delilah in terms of their roles as women and tempters of men. Have Eve and Delilah corrupted their men, Adam and Samson? Or were Adam and Samson the ones at fault? Towards the end of this paper I will determine if these women were temptresses and seductresses and see how that has affected the way women have been viewed throughout history.
Most everyone is familiar with Genesis chapter three in the Bible. This is the creation story, or more commonly known as the story of Adam and Eve. Eve had been told that she could eat from any of the trees in the garden with the exception of the tree in the middle of the garden. When Eve was in the garden one day she came across a serpent. The serpent told Eve to eat from the tree. He said, “You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" (Genesis, chapters 3.4 and 3.5). After hearing this, Eve took the fruit from the tree and ate it, and gave some to her husband, Adam. The Lord God then came to Adam and Eve and he said, “Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” (Genesis chapter 3.11) Adam replied, saying that Eve had taken it and given it to him to eat. Eve then told the Lord God that the serpent lured her into eating from the tree. Because they disobeyed the Lord God he punished them. He told...
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