|Michelangelo temptation in the|
Garden of Eden
designed to plant seeds of doubt in Eve’s mind: “Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the Garden?” Rather than approaching Adam to whom God had given the commandment (before Eve was even created), the serpent poses the question to her.
denial of God’s earlier pronouncement in Genesis 2.17. He accuses God of having unworthy motives to keep back good things from the couple:
protoevangelium (the first good news). God alluded to Christ’s victory over sin. The New American Catholic Study Bible footnote to 3.15 states: