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The garden of eden apple

Letter from ItiA

The Garden of Eden apple.  When I was growing up, there was always talk in the churches about whether or not the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was an apple.  Being indoctrinated in the American education system, I was sure that the apple was an American fruit, so certainly it was not the fruit of the Garden of Eden.  Yes all the assumptions above are crazy.  Its just a little taste of how a typical American thinks.

I told you that religion is just one great big plagiarism, and the story of the apple is just one more example.  In the myths of ancient Greece, the god Paris selected the fairest goddesses.  In other words it was how powerful men chose women.  They put an apple in their hands to show that they were chosen and they were now owned by that man.  This was the actions of a polygamist.  If you were powerful you would have the virgins of your lands lined up in front of you and by simply putting an apple in their hands they became yours.  You took them back to your castle for the rest of their lives.

To find out how the apple got into the bible, you need to get to know a woman named Theodora.  This outgoing woman, actress, and courtesan, married Justinian, the Byzantine Emperor who was also head of the church.  This was the time before the pope when the emperor of Constantinople was the leader of the Christian Church.  There is actually a Revenna mosaic with Theodora on it, receiving an apple from Justinian.  This mosaic is important because it shows that Theodora had to endure the line of slavery.  She stood in a line of the most beautiful women in the land.  She knew that if she was chosen, she became property of the king.  No longer could she be an actress, she would now be a sex slave living in the castle.

The good news for Theodora is that early Christianity allowed women to have influence on their families.  Even though she was chosen by an apple, with no ability to choose mate herself.  Even though she was taken from her profession where she was admired by many to being a slave to a king and hidden in a castle.  Even though she was no longer the master of her own life, she could whisper things in her husbands ear and manipulate things that were unimportant to him.

The Christians had to have a specific fruit to identify with the Garden of Eden.  The idea of an imaginary fruit just did not make sense to primitive humans.  It is no stretch of the imagination to hear Theodora acting out the role of Eve, accepting that same damn apple from the snake.  So there it is, the Garden of Eden apple, taken directly from the Greek Myths and placed directly into the Christian religion.  Thanks possibly to the acting ability  of Theodora.


  1. March 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Bob. You might be amused to know that the Hebrew sages never thought that the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge was apples. The two main views were that it was wheat (making bread) and the other that it was grapes (making wine). Both these tie in with other Biblical references and had major effects on human history (which apples never did). You can see more at:

    • March 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      Amused by Hebrews. Not likely. LOL

      I know the account of the apple originated during the Christian Church’s empire at Constantinople. The practice of handing out apples to women who you are enslaving as one of your wives, however, was practiced by Hebrew kings.

      The bible is full of translation errors, additions and deletions. Some of the most criminal activities ever recorded by the Jews have been stripped by the bible to make it easier to accept and become a believer.

      Remember Christianity is a business. The bible has been simplified and moderated in order to make Christianity the best religious product on the market.

  2. Tim
    March 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Im amazed at how little you seem to have read the bible. No translation of the bible says Apple. Read it for yourself goofball

    • March 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

      Hello Tim,

      Again. No additional solution. No evidence or even a statement of rebuke with any logic. Simply hatemail.

      I do study the bible and other religious texts. I was a devout Christian for the first 40 years of my life. I have used this knowledge to realize the truth instead of the myths that are drilled into everyone’s heads on Sundays. All it takes is a discussion based on facts to help resolve a mystery or social issue. I am very eager to hear from some educated readers who have supporting or conflicting evidence. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where yelling and hateful words have replaced logic and reason. Those who have nothing to add simply hurl hatred.

      ItiA is written for those who can learn. ItiA is a forum where facts that support a different conclusion will change the post. I look forward to any and all intelligent feedback and discussions.

  3. March 23, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve always wondered why the apple was chosen. Not fair to the apple. Who knows what delightful and delicious fruit the tree of knowledge produced. After it’s effects were realized though, I wonder if it was still desirable?

  4. Lou
    March 30, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Can you say Fig leaves.

    • March 31, 2012 at 12:18 am

      Yes. Those words always bring a chuckle when I say them. Here are some of my other favorites from the bible. women from a man’s rib? , God writing “thou shalt not kill” then telling Moses to kill his own people when he got to the bottom of the mountain, Sodom and the pillar of salt (As if it could hold a candle to Las Vegas), Noah’s flood and the whole earth coming from his family in the last 4000 years, and my personal favorite….Jesus telling the disciples to look for Aquarius (man holding the pitcher of water) at the end of his reign. The bible is full of laughable phrases. I enjoy them all.

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