Eve - Mother of All the Living

Meet Eve, the First Woman, Wife, and Mother

Eve Bible Character
Adam and Eve Cast Out of Garden of Eden. Culture Club / Contributor / Getty Images

Eve was the first woman on earth, first wife, and the first mother. She is known as the "Mother of All the Living." And even though these are rather remarkable accomplishments, little else is known about Eve. Like many noteworthy mothers, even though Eve's accomplishments were significant, for the most part they were overlooked.

In chapter two of the book of Genesis, God decided it would be good for Adam to have a companion and helper.

Causing Adam to fall deeply asleep, God took one of his ribs and used it to form Eve. God called the woman ezer, which in Hebrew literally means "help." Adam named the woman Eve, meaning "life," referring to her role in procreation of the human race.

So, Eve became Adam's companion, his helper, the one who would complete him and share equally in his responsibility over creation. She, too, was made in God's image, displaying a portion of the characteristics of God. Together, Adam and Eve alone would fulfill God's purpose in the continuation of creation. With Eve, God brought human relationship, friendship, companionship, and marriage into the world.

Eve's Accomplishments in the Bible

Eve is the mother of humankind. She was the first woman and first wife. While her accomplishments are remarkable, not much is revealed about her in Scripture. She arrived on the planet without mother and father.

She was made by God as a reflection of his image to be a helper to Adam. Together they would fulfill God's purpose of populating the Earth.

Eve's Strengths

Eve was made in the image of God, specially designed to serve as a helper to Adam.

Eve's Weaknesses

Eve was tempted by Satan when he deceived her into doubting God's goodness.

The serpent urged her to focus on the one thing she couldn't have. She lost sight of all of the pleasurable things God had blessed her with in the Garden of Eden. She became discontented, feeling sorry for herself because she could not share in God's knowledge of good and evil. Eve allowed Satan to subvert her trust in God.

Although she shared a close relationship with God and her husband, Eve failed to consult either of them when confronted with Satan's lies. She acted impulsively, independent of her authority. Once entangled in sin, she invited her husband to join her. Like Adam, when Eve was confronted with her sin, she blamed someone else (Satan), instead of taking personal responsibility for what she had done.

Life Lessons

We learn from Eve that women share in God's image. Feminine qualities are part of the character of God. God's purpose for creation could not be fulfilled without the equal participation of "womankind." Just like we learned from Adam's life, Eve teaches us that God wants us to freely choose to follow and obey him out of love. Nothing we do is hidden from God. Likewise, it does not benefit us to blame others for our own failings. We must accept personal responsibility for our actions and choices.

Hometown

Eve began her life in the Garden of Eden but was later expelled.

References to Eve in the Bible

Genesis 2:18-4:26; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:13.

Occupation

Wife, mother, companion, helper, and co-manager of God's creation.

Family Tree

Husband - Adam
Children - Cain, Abel, Seth and many more children.

Key Verses

Genesis 2:18
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” (NLT)

Genesis 2:23
“At last!” the man exclaimed.
“This one is bone from my bone,
and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
because she was taken from ‘man.’”
(NLT)

(Sources: Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible; Life Application Study Bible)