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Title: ‘Her Flesh Was as Grass’
Subtitle: Vita Adam et Evae 10.1
Author(s): COUSLAND, J.R.C.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 81    Issue: 4   Date: 2000   
Pages: 507-510
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.81.4.3200455

Abstract :
The Vita Adam et Evae uses an unusual metaphor to describe Eve’s state when she ceases her penitential immersion in the Tigris river: ‘her flesh was as grass from the cold of the water’ (caro eius erat sicut herba). While a number of points of comparison have been adduced to explain the metaphor, including movement and texture, it is more likely to be the colour of Eve’s skin — she is as pale as grass from the cold of the water.

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