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Pain in Childbirth?
The common notion of a special “curse upon the woman” involving childbirth is based on one single verse in the Bible, where God says to Eve:
A Woman Built
“And the LORD built of the tzela that He took from the man into a woman, and He brought her to the man.” (Genesis 2:22)
Two Interpretations: Saved in Childbearing
“Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing.” (1 Timothy 2:15)
In the Beginning (2013)
This short film by independent film director Bryce Ury wowed the audience at the Highbridge Film Festival in 2013 with a depiction of Adam and Eve and their search for hope after the fall. This film won Audience Favorite and Best Drama.
child ́bâr-ing: Only in 1 Timothy 2:15: “She shall be saved through her (m “the”) child-bearing” (διὰ τῆς τεκνογονίας, diá tḗs teknogonías). The reference is to the calling of woman as wife and mother, as her ordinary lot in life, and to the anxieties, pains and perils of maternity, as the culmination and representation of the penalties woman has incurred because of the Fall (Genesis 3:16). “She shall be saved by keeping faithfully and simply to her allotted sphere as wife and mother” (Dummelow). The preposition dia is not used here instrumentally, as though child-bearing were a means of her salvation, but locally, as in 1 Corinthians 3:15, “saved so as through fire,” where life is saved by rushing through the flames.
stōōl (אבנים, ‘obhnayim): It is not clear what the character and purpose of this stool were Septuagint has no reference to it). It seems to have been a chair of a peculiar sort upon which a woman reclined in parturition (Exodus 1:16). The Hebrew word is in the dual number and primarily means “two stones.” The only other place where it occurs is Jeremiah 18:3, where it is rendered “wheels” Septuagint ἐπὶ τῶν λίθων, epí tṓn líthōn, “on the stones”). In 2 Kings 4:10, the word translated in the King James Version as “stool” (כּסּא, kiṣṣē') is in the Revised Version more correctly translated “seat.” See also BIRTH-STOOL; SEAT.