Eve as "helper" for Adam

Wed, 23/01/2013 - 21:29 -- James Oakley

Genesis 2:18 describes God making Eve as a "helper" (עֵזֶר) for Adam.

This particular word occurs 19 times in the Old Testament, and it pays to notice carefully what it does and does not mean elsewhere.

So excluding the 2 uses in this passage, and the 4 proper nouns, we are left with 13 instances.

Of those 13, 4 describe the help that may be given to the helpless or the needy, and 7 describe God as the one who defends and cares for his people.

What is certainly not implied therefore is any implication that the "helper" is an inferior or second-class partner.

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