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March 6, 1991

The Creation of Adam: Divine Funster Decrees We Are What We Eat: Chicken?

Author Affiliations

Graduate Theological Union Berkeley, Calif

Graduate Theological Union Berkeley, Calif

JAMA. 1991;265(9):1111. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460090059022

To the Editor. —  We appreciate Dr Meshberger's1 article and would like to extend his suggestion that Michelangelo's Creation of Adam portrays God giving intellect to Adam. Most art historians, as well as Dr Meshberger, identify Eve as the figure held in God's left arm, probably because the face is virtually identical to the face of Eve in a nearby section of the Sistine ceiling. We would like to propose an alternative identity for that figure.The eighth chapter of Proverbs identifies Wisdom as a feminine presence with God at creation. Further, Wisdom's presence at creation is inherent in the eloquent opening passage of John's gospel: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (Revised Standard Version). The "Word" in the Greek text is logos, understood either as the Greek philosophical ideal of rationality or as divine wisdom.Michelangelo was