Today, I focus on the very naive portrait of Adam and Eve. I compare Genesis 2-3 with a few ancient literary parallels, and I highlight the source of Wisdom and Life in Israel.
In the Ancient Near East (ANE), before and during the time of Israel in the OT, there were many varieties of Tangled-like tales. One character named Adapa was the mortal son of the god Ea. By the gift of the gods, Adapa was given a special food and drink which would produce immortality...only he was deceived into thinking it would kill him, so he refused to eat it. Too bad.
Another story is the Epic of Gilgamesh where a secret plant is disclosed to the title character, Gilgamesh. This plant was much like the magic plant in Tangled. It gives "new life," letting him "return to the state of my youth," Gilgamesh explains. And so he calls this plant of life, "Man Becomes Young in Old Age." Unfortunately for him, Gilgamesh never eats of this plant. While bathing in a pool of water, a serpent sneaks over and carries off the plant that gives new life (explaining, they said, why snakes shed their skin).