The upcoming March and April articles for As It Is Written are now available and should prove interesting to those of you who might be curious about why Adam and Eve didn’t die immediately after eating the “forbidden” fruit and whether this fruit was really forbidden. Here are the relevant links:
Was the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil really forbidden? The answer might surprise you ( PDF file).
Forbidden or otherwise, the text of verse 2:17 says that upon eating the “forbidden” fruit, Adam and Eve would immediately die. Here’s how the NRS translates 2:17:
but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
But, this is manifestly not what happens. In fact, Adam lives for another 930 years! What’s going on? Click this link (PDF File) to find out.
Now, go and study