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The Chumash (Five Books of Moses)

Adam and Eve story

Was Adam Androgynous?

Question: Is Adam known to have been created androgynous (... male and female He created them), or was Eve literally created ‘out of’ a complete, male Adam ? Correct me if I am wrong, but does the Zohar say Adam was indeed created androgynous (male and female back to back)?

Answer: There is such an opinion in the Midrash. Androgynous is not technically the correct term as it assumes both male and female reproductive organs in the same location whereas the first man, according to this Midrash, would have had the reproductive organs on opposite sides of the torso.

All the Best,
Rabbi Azriel Schreiber

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