Ziony Zevit

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Ziony Zevit
Born (1942-02-13) February 13, 1942 (age 81)
OccupationBiblical academic
TitleProfessor of Biblical Literature and Northwest Semitic Languages
AwardsGuggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada, 1994
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Southern California
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.)
ThesisStudies in Biblical Poetry and Vocabulary in Their Northwestern Semitic Setting (1973)
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical literature
Sub-disciplineNorthwest Semitic languages
InstitutionsAmerican Jewish University
Notable ideas"Adam’s rib" was really his baculum

Ziony Zevit (born February 13, 1942) is an American scholar of biblical literature and Northwest Semitic languages, and a professor at the American Jewish University.


Zevit received his B.A. degree from University of Southern CA in 1964, and Ph.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1974. He joined the faculty of American Jewish University in 1974.

Zevit was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994.[1]

In an article published in 2001, Scott F. Gilbert and Zevit argue that the Bible might be interpreted that Eve was not made from Adam’s rib, but his baculum; which would explain why humans don't have one.[2] Zevit's article published in Biblical Archaeology Review in 2015 [3] presents the same theory and attracted certain public attention.[4][5]



  • Zevit, Ziony (1968). The Structure and Individual Elements of Daniel 7. A. Töpelmann.
  • ——— (1980). Matres Lectionis in Ancient Hebrew Epigraphs. Monograph series - American Schools of Oriental Research. Vol. 2. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-8975-7402-0.
  • ———; Gitin, Seymour; Sokoloff, Michael, eds. (1995). Solving Riddles and Untying Knots: Biblical Epigraphic and Semitic Studies in honor of Jonas C. Greenfield. London: Eisenbrauns. ISBN 978-0-9314-6493-5.
  • ——— (1998). The Anterior Construction in Classical Hebrew. Scholars Press. ISBN 978-0-7885-0443-3.
  • ——— (2001). The Religions of Ancient Israel: A Synthesis of Parallactic Approaches. London: Continuum. ISBN 978-0-8264-4728-9.
  • ———; Naude, Cynthia Miller, eds. (2012). Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew. London: Eisenbrauns. ISBN 978-1-5750-6253-2.
  • ——— (2013). What Really Happened In the Garden of Eden?. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-3001-7869-2.


  • ——— (2010). Bible Stories How Narratives Work and What They Reveal. Washington, DC: Biblical Archaeology Society. ISBN 978-1-935335-50-4.



  • ——— (1973). Studies in Biblical Poetry and Vocabulary in Their Northwestern Semitic Setting (Ph.D.). Berkeley, CA: University of California. ISBN 978-0-9314-6493-5.

Literature about Ziony Levit[edit]

  • Greenspahn, Frederick E., and Gary A. Rendsburg, eds. Le-maʿan Ziony: Essays in Honor of Ziony Zevit. Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2017.


  1. ^ "Ziony Zevit". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. ^ Gilbert, Scott F.; Zevit, Ziony (Jul 2001). "Congenital human baculum deficiency: the generative bone of Genesis 2:21–23". Am J Med Genet. 101 (3): 284–5. doi:10.1002/ajmg.1387. PMID 11424148. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  3. ^ Zevit, Ziony (2015). "Was Eve Made from Adam's Rib—or His Baculum?". Biblical Archaeology Review. 41 (5).
  4. ^ "God used Adam's penis to make Eve, says shock theory from Bible scholar". Daily Mirror. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  5. ^ Gilad, Elon (29 December 2015). "Why God Didn't Use Adam's Penis Bone to Make Eve". Haaretz. Retrieved 30 December 2015.

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