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Genesis 3:6, 7 NIV

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

In the above narrative, it's clear that the woman ate first before he gave the husband. The narrative goes on to say their eyes were opened giving an impression that this was simultaneously after the husband had eaten.

Were their eyes opened simultaneously?

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Genesis 3:

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who [was] with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they [were] naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

All the verbs are in consecutive imperfect form. The first Hebrew word that starts verse 7 is

were opened,
וַתִּפָּקַ֙חְנָה֙ (wat·tip·pā·qaḥ·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's 6491: To open, to be observant

The waw prefix connects the eye-opening action with Adam's eating action. I read the whole sequence as fast-moving actions. Their eyes might not have been opened simultaneously, but the realization of the nakedness was more-or-less simultaneous.

Were their eyes opened simultaneously in Genesis 3:7?

If not, then there was not much time elapsed between them. Everything was happening fast.

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The eyes of both Adam and Eve would have been opened (Gen 3:7) simultaneously only if they had sinned simultaneously.

But they did not - Eve sinned first (see 1 Tim 2:14) and so her eyes were opened and then Adam sinned; his eyes were opened shortly after Eve's eyes.

Therefore, they were NOT opened simultaneously.

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  • @ Dottard,if their eyes had been opened on different occasions shouldn't Eve have felt some change prior to giving Adam the fruit. In 1 Tim 2 it only speaks about who was deceived first not about the opening of eyes Jun 21 at 14:17
  • @collenndhlovu - I suggest Eve probably did feel a change prior to giving fruit to Adam which is why she did it.
    – Dottard
    Jun 21 at 21:36
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According to the Law of Vows in Numbers 30, a husband can annul his wife's hasty, rash, unthinking vow. When Eve ate of the fruit she did so knowingly, but in a state of deception. In other words, she knew what she was doing, but at the same time she didn't know what she was doing. She had just made a "vow" of sorts, to allow her eyes to be opened, but Adam could have annulled her vow by refusing to eat, and reprimanding her for it. If Adam had done so, neither of their eyes would have been opened. But when Adam also ate, he confirmed that he was "okay" with Eve's vow, and at that very moment, both had their eyes opened.

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