Now we’re told there is no basis whatever for supposing that the fruit Eve offered to Adam in that faraway garden was an apple.
The Biblical account describes the tree simply as “good for food and pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise.”
Archeological evidence persuades us that the apple was quite unknown in the Middle East at the time we believe Genesis to have been written.
It is suggested that the identification with the apple happened much, much later, when Christian missionaries brought the story of Adam and Eve to Teutonic tribesmen who worshiped an earth mother goddess. They instantly assumed that the tree of knowledge bore apples because the goddess’s symbol was an apple, signifying love, knowledge, and immortality–and perhaps giving rise to thinking ‘an apple a day really will keep the doctor away‘?
So now we must question not only whether it was an apple that gave rise to many subsequent misunderstandings.
It may have been an apricot, or even a peach. Early converts may also have believed that Eve was the the most important person in the garden. She arrived there from planet Venus and mingled with a man from you know where (Mars).