A-Z: Common sayings from the Bible: Adam's rib


Refers to a woman. The feminist magazine 'Spare Rib' used the phrase ironically. Women are independent and important in their own right, not just appendages made from and for men, as the biblical story seems to imply.


The creation stories in Genesis explain how men and women are jointly made by God, for each other, and in God's image. The use of the rib means that woman and man are of the same kind and dependent on each other, but different from the animals.

Bible References

Genesis 2:21-23
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