For the history of interpretation of this text see Elaine Pagels, Adam, Eve and the Serpent (New York: Random House, 1988); John A. Phillips, Eve: The History of an Idea (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1984); Bernard P. Prusak, “Woman: Seductive Siren and Source of Sin?” in Religion and Sexism: Images of Women in Jewish and Christian Traditions, ed. Rosemary R. Ruether (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1974).