What's buried in the garden? It's time to exhume. But if what gets dug up is frightening and it's not a dead body, then there must be some other reason for this strange fear.
Why should we care about Adam and Eve? Because regardless of our religious beliefs the Adam and Eve story is the oldest story in the world. This dreamlike story is the story so many people have been trying to understand for thousands of years. Failure has been guaranteed for one simple reason: evidence has been ignored. Here comes the evidence.
BAD DAY IN THE GARDEN
They eat the fruit, but what do they eat?
We lift the veil for a wary peek.
Through a forest of mystery hiding it all,
we see a body, naked and weak.
This BODY is the garden in whose center grow
the two famous trees, but never a weevil.
Here is the tree of life and the one
of knowledge of good and knowledge of evil.
Because the two trees are right next to each other
care must be taken to avoid the one bad.
For the fruit of both trees is pleasure,
so the pleasure is there to be had.
To be fruitful and multiply eat from the first.
But eat from the second and no one conceives.
So here we go now: one two three--
pleasure, shame, fig tree leaves.
This poem is not just a brain teaser, nor hopefully is it an example of sophomoric cleverness. It's really quite simple: explanations of fearful mysteries buried in the story for thousands of years have been exhumed by using verse, rather than prose, to more easily reveal these explanations. The quality of the verse is both irrelevant and unimportant.
Is the exegesis of the second and third chapters of Genesis a neologism? A belief? An opinion? Probably not. If the exegesis is any of these things, then the individual(s) who first heard the story had absolutely no idea what the story meant and neither did the storyteller(s). It is difficult to believe this happened. ("Sometimes I just say things--I don't know what they mean.") If it did happen, then we have to try to imagine the original storyteller(s) telling the story while having no understanding of what they were saying, unless these original storytellers deliberately disguised and beautified the story to hide its true meaning. But this would have required extremely complex ability to intentionally mystify at the very dawn of human consciousness. So the mystification probably happened later. And, of course, when it did, everyone would have known exactly what the entire story meant. For a while.