Christianity adopted the Genesis of the Jews Torah. The Koran also tells the Creation Story. According to Islamic understanding, Allah used the same heavenly copy, to reveal the story of Creation to the prophet. In this manner, all three Abrahamic religions have the same Genesis, that deals with Adam and Eve as the first humans.
The Fall of Man separates two fundamental notions of nudity, which have thus shaped all three mentioned religions:
- Nudity in cluelessness and innocence. The nudity of Adam and Eve in paradise was a complete lack of clothing in innocence, namely in terms of that they were not even aware of their nudity, before they had eaten from the tree of knowledge. This is most likely to be equated with animal nudity, that is, the primal state of earthly living beings of all kinds. The Hebrew language uses the word 'ārôm' for that notion.
- Conscious, shame-ridden nakedness. After the fall of mankind, Adam and Eve experienced their nakedness as guilt- and shame-ridden, causing them to cover themselves with fig leaves. The Hebrew language uses the word êrom. By the way: Both terms of the Hebrew language have no sexual connotation, but only describe the different senses of nudity vs. nakedness.
All known sources relate this paradisiacal nudity through the biblical words "and they saw, that they were naked." to mere nakedness after the fall of mankind. But what should be problematic about nakedness?
In fact, however, the insight may had been "and they saw, that they were sexual beings", because, as we know from ethnology, the shame as to sexual action was one of the main sources of all shame regarding genitals and other body parts.
There is another notion of nudity, which is also grounded in all three religions:
- Nakedness as sign of poverty. The imperative "if you see someone naked, dress him." is a promise of the Tanach, the Bible, and the Koran of well-being, health, and ongoing well support to a person, who complies with that imperative. Conversely, the sacred books stigmatise all the wrong-doers, who deprive the needy of food and clothing.
Jews and Christians also have the story of Saul in common:
- Nakedness as an expression of delusion. The nakedness of Saul, who rips off his clothes and thus symbolically loses the ability to exercise power as a king.
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