"RIB" as used in Genesis 2:21-22
Rib - Strong # 6763 (Hebrew = tslea) Normally translated as
side, corner, chamber or flank not rib
We wonder why would translators choose to translate a word as rib since
Young's Analytical Concordance shows that the other 41 times it it used it
is translated as side, corner, chambers or flank. It seems unimportant
until one realizes that the blood and water came from the side of the second
Adam and by His death, we live.
In God's Word to Women Katharine Bushnell says that the originator of
the "rib" theory was Rabbi Joshua, who wrote, "God deliberated from what member
He would create woman, and He reasoned within Himself thus: I must not create
her from Adam's head, for she would be a proud person, and hold her head high.
If I create her from the eye, then she will wish to pry into things; if from the
ear, then she will wish to hear all things; if from the mouth she will talk
much; if from the heart, she will envy people; if from the head, she will desire
to make all things; if from the feet, she will be a gadabout. Therefore, I
will create her from the member which is hid, that is the rib, which is not even
seen when man is naked." (1)
We can thank Charles Trombley for stating the case, as follows, in his book
Who Said Women Can't Teach. "The Bible says God made her from man's
side, but Jewish fables said she was made from his rib."
It's amazing how theologians take one simple verse and work it over until any
semblance of the original truth is gone. But that's the story of religious
confusion, each theorist telling the world what God really meant since He
couldn't, wouldn't or didn't say what He meant and didn't mean what He said.
Why did Rabbi Joshua substitute the word "rib" for the "side" knowing it was an
incorrect translation? Apparently to strengthen the low opinion most rabbis had
of women and to justify masculine insecurities built upon the false premise that
woman and not man was responsible for sin and death." (2)
1 Katharine Bushnell, God's Word to Women, (1923; privately reprinted by Ray
Munson, N. Collins, NY), para. 43.
2 Charles Trombley, Who Said Women Can't Teach? (South Plainfield, NJ: Bridge
Publishing Inc., 1985), p. 71.