In The Bible Did Women Come From Men?



Question: 1 Corinthians 11:7-9 says, "A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man." That’s pretty conclusive isn’t it? Women came from a man, so evolution has no place in the Word of God!

Answer: This scripture is considered carefully in Genesis for Ordinary People – chapter 16. 

But it may be worth noting here that “Women came from a man” is not what the verses say. The verses say, “woman (singular) came from man.” Paul started this discourse by saying “I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man” (1 Cor 11:3). Notice “every man” is plural but the word “woman” is singular. 

Paul was addressing the customs of the Corinthian church meetings. He is not highlighting the route that humanity emerged from, but the route the Christian church emerged from. There was a woman (Eve) who came from a man, whose genealogical line led to Christ being born, leading to the Christian Church. Paul's reference is speaking of the head of “the Body” - the Church:

"He is the head of the body, the church" (Col 1:18).

"Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it" (1 Cor 12:27).  

When God mentions that he made man in Genesis chapter 1, he made man in the plural sense; God made humans, he made them male and female. However, in chapter 2 God breathes into a human and places him in the garden. Genesis essentially moves forward in chronological order. Genesis chapter 2 is a natural progression from chapter 1, not a retelling of chapter 1. Male and female emerged in chapter 1. Eve (the woman) was created from Adam's rib in chapter 2.