Eve Ezer Kenegdu

Women of the Bible ~ Eve (Ezer Kenegdu)

The first woman mentioned in the Bible is Eve, and she is literally mentioned by name only four times in the Bible, Eve’s story is recorded in Genesis 1-4. She was created to be Adam’s “EZER KENEGDU” (suitable helper) because it was not good for him to experience life alone. She also took the first bite of forbidden fruit sharing it with Adam who was right there with her.

According to Jo Saxton, the majority of times the word EZER appears in the Old Testament, “it describes God, as He is delivering and rescuing (helping) His people. It’s a word conveying power and strength, a word with military connotations.” In other words, EZER is “not someone deemed unable to do more than assist because of their weakness, but one who can help because they have the passion, power and purpose to do so.”

Although KENEGDU is often translated “suitable,” the meaning is more nuanced.

According to Dr. Victor P. Hamilton, “The creation of this helper will form one-half of a polarity, and will be to man as the south pole is to the north pole…. Any suggestion that this particular word denotes one who has only an associate or subordinate status to a senior member is refuted by the fact that most frequently this same word describes Yahweh‘s relationship to Israel. He is Israel’s help(er).”

It’s time to get in touch with our “inner ezer” and step into our role as warrior wife and passionate protector of peace (shalom).

Eve Ezer Kenegdu

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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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