Why did Adam and Eve love each other so intensely? Because they had no other choice. They were all each other had. The couple did’t face the same temptations and tests that modern relationships face. We have seemingly unlimited choices in finding our partner. Looking deeper at the stories of Adam and Eve, their experiences with God are powerful literary pieces. The timeless story is brought back to life in a captivating and creative way. The story of Adam and Eve has been refreshed.
- Feiler’s “The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us” asks what love is about.
- The book is a midrash, a commentary on a scriptural text, which, in this case, is the Adam and Eve story.
- Feiler creates a feminist retelling of the story, highlighting Eve’s curiosity and the experience of family.
“Whereas the story had once been understood as one of temptation, sin and Fall, all of it brought on by the weakness of the woman and the suppleness of the snake, Feiler understands it as a celebration of Eve’s curiosity and the ups and downs of any healthy marriage.”