A Question I Was Asked:

Do Women Have An Extra Rib Because of Genesis 2:21-22?

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Do women have an extra rib because of Genesis 2:21-22?

UK Apologetics Reply:

No, the Bible does not state this at all. It merely states that God took one of Adam's ribs to form Eve, the first woman.

Sadly, this belief is continually repeated by well-meaning Sunday School teachers and others despite having no basis in fact. Yes, the Bible does say that woman was made from one of Adam's ribs, let's look at this:

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (Genesis 2:21-22).

These verses indeed tell us how God made the first woman. But would women from that point have more ribs than men? No, of course not. Look at it this way: If a man has an appendix or gall bladder removed, would his children be born without these organs? Of course not, no one would even suggest such a thing. However, in the case of Adam and his rib, this unsupportable belief continues to be propagated.

Adam continued to have the genetic information for a complete set of ribs. This genetic information was passed on to his offspring, both male and female. Thus his offspring should have had complete sets of ribs, although Adam, in radiant health, would scarcely have noticed having one less rib.

The rib fable is definitely not an argument which Christians should ever use.

Robin A. Brace. April 26th, 2018.