Eve Was Not Created as a Helper but a Lifesaver — A Quote from John and Stasi Eldredge in “Captivating”

“When God created Eve, he calls her an ezer kenegdo… Robert Alter… says that this phrase is ‘notoriously difficult to translate.’ The various attempts we have in English are ‘helper’ or ‘companion’ or the notorious ‘help meet’…”

“The word ezer is used only twenty other places in the entire Old Testament. And in every other instance the person being described is God himself, when you need him to come through for you desperately…”

“A better translation therefore of ezer would be ‘lifesaver’. Kenegdo means alongside, or opposite to, a counterpart…”

“Eve is essential. She has an irreplaceable role to play. And so you’ll see that women are endowed with fierce devotion, an ability to suffer great hardships, a vision to make the world a better place.”

— John and Stasi Eldredge, “Captivating”, pp 31-33

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