Apples aren’t mentioned in the Book of Genesis. How is it that Christian lore presents Adam and Eve traipsing through the Garden of Eden with pommes? Renaissance-era painters may have inserted elements of Greek mythology into the story. For instance, one of Heracles’ Twelve Labors was obtaining golden apples from the Garden of Hesperides.
Translation also plays a role. Before Christianity’s official adoption by the Roman Empire in the 4th century, malum meant apple. Depending on which diacritical mark* is over the a, malum can mean evil or apple, so it seems likely that the words could’ve become transposed. This week, we’re featuring publications about apples in the Learning Store.
*I tried in vain to decipher how to use diacritical marks in WordPress, but it was not to be.
On a related front, tune in to the October 7 broadcast of WPR’s Here on Earth to hear Lori Skelton chatting with Amy Traverso, author of The Apple Lover’s Cookbook. The show’s description will be available on the website on Monday, October 3.