Fall of Adam

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While it is incorrect to say that post-biblical Judaism attaches no special significance to Adam's fall or knows nothing of original sin, it is certainly true that, with the exception of the Kabbalah the fall does not occupy an important place in Jewish theology. There are many interpretations of Adam's sin and of the tree of knowledge from which he ate after having been forbidden by God so to do. Opinions range from that which understands the knowledge of good and evil as having a sexual connotation to that according to which the tree was no different from any other tree and was simply set aside as a test of obedience. In the Talmud there is a view that it was not a tree but wheat from which Adam and Eve ate, since an infant only acquires the knowledge that enables it to speak when it has begun to eat bread. Another view in the Talmud is that it was the vine from which Adam and Eve ate, since so many of the troubles of the world result from drinking wine. No apple!

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