My paraphrase of creation mythology.
Our story seems to take place in Paradise that is defined as a ‘perfect place’. Paradise exists in heaven. Here exists the tree of eternal life (cypress like) and the tree of ‘gnosis’ or acquaintance (fig tree like) and a tree of unknown symbolism (olive like). These trees appeared by Gods will created out of chaos. An androgynous being (Hermaphrodite in Greek) was created from the earth. ‘Eve of life’ (unknown origin) breathed a soul into Adam of life. There were three forms of man (Adam of light) created:- Adam of ‘spirit endowed’, Adam of ‘soul endowed’ and Adam of ‘creature of earth’. God commanded them to ‘…multiply and improve and Lord over all creations’. God commanded, “do not eat from the tree of acquaintance or you will die.” A creature called ‘beast’ tempted Eve by saying God was jealous. Eve took some of the fruit and ate it and gave some to Adam and he ate it. When they clothed themselves with shame they knew they were naked and became enamoured with each other. God said “Adam where are you”. Adam replied “...for fear of you I hid” God said “who told you about the shame with which you clothe yourselves?” Adam replied, “…it was the woman you gave me” Eve replied “it was the instructor that urged me on”. Adam, Eve, offspring, land, crops and all things created were cursed. Good cannot result from evil. All the animals and wild beasts of the earth and the birds in heaven were brought to Adam and he named them. Adam and Eve now know the difference between light and darkness but there was concern that they would also eat from the tree of life so they were expelled down to the land from which they were created. Paradise was ‘locked out’ by means of fiery living creatures called Cheroboubin and a spinning fiery sword.
Reference is made to a baptism of spirit, fire and water as the challenges that our proto-humans have to endure. The story goes on….
Ref:- Nag Hammadi library of Gnostic scriptures – Robinson.
Interpretation:- We hear a very similar story to our modern bible showing a common origin. There are many similarities but some differences. I feel this text places clarity on our interpretation of the Adam and Eve story. ‘…they clothed themselves with shame’. It is the clothes themselves that are specifically referred to as the shame.
The topic of this thread is nudity in the bible and only this story has been analysed. No extension of research is warranted in order not to go OT. I make it clear that I do not wish to challenge any beliefs or denigrate our current corpus of literature. If fact my work can only elevate its importance.