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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

01 August 2005

The Forbidden Fruit

Q: From where came the idea that Adam and Eve ate an apple? Is this a biblical fact or a myth established through time by man?

A: We have no idea what the "forbidden fruit” was. Much of the Middle East, including many Hebrew scholars in Old and New Testament times, spoke of it as a pomegranate. Other cultures often mention a fruit with which they are most familiar, such as the orange, the plum, or another. It may be that this was a one-of-a-kind tree and that its existence on earth has long ceased. It could also have been something that perished in the great Flood. What it was is ultimately not important; what matters is how God affixed his Word to it and how our first parents reacted to that Word.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that we'll never be certain what the forbidden fruit was, but I thought you might like to know my pastor's theory on this. He thinks it was a fig tree because that was the tree Jesus cursed. Also, after they sinned, Adam and Eve made clothes out of fig leaves.

06 July, 2009 22:18  

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