Adam's wife, created by God from one of Adam's ribs (Gen. 2: 22) and later instrumental in persuading him to eat fruit from the forbidden tree. Women's pains in labour were explained by an aetiological myth as punishment for Eve's sin. However, masculine sexism in Christianity owes more to Milton's Paradise Lost than to Genesis, where men and women are equally made in God's image (Gen. 1: 27).