Who would ever reasonably aspire to an oblivious innocence, which names the living without knowing their mysteries? Where is Eve? In what folds of history and in what stories has she been confined? Eve was seductive as Venus, daring to desire knowledge, insidious as a snake, desperate in her expulsion, powerful in her motherhood. Starting in the Book of Genesis, Eve splits into two, dissolves, constantly gets re-interpreted, and faces other narratives. The author guides us as she follows Eve’s tracks, evoking her from a tangle of texts, thus explaining her complexity and clarifying an array of misapprehensions. Eve is the incarnation of the lost harmony that had been promised to evolving humanity. Today, Eve’s legacy is a source of strength for women, forcing men to rethink their role and furthering our deconstruction of gender stereotypes and projections.
Cristina Simonelli headed the Italian Female Theologians Coordination from 2013 to 2021. She teaches Patristic Theology at the Saint Peter Martyr Higher School of Religious Science in Verona and the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy in Milan.