The creation of Eve as told in Genesis 2:21–22, where God puts Adam to sleep and takes one of his ribs to fashion a woman (Eve), is not a feat of genetic engineering. Neither is it to be understood literally as if it were a scene from The Island of Dr. Moreau.
When we speak of heartache, we do not mean a literal coronary arrest but a figurative emotional distress.
Likewise, the use of Adam’s rib is a poignant way to describe the union of husband and wife in marriage because, after God creates Eve, Adam takes her as his wife and says, “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken” (2:23).
Unlike the animals and plants that God created in the first chapter of Genesis just by speaking (and God said, let there be…), Adam is formed from the dust of earth and God blows the breath of life into him. Eve is created from Adam’s rib.
This is a way of saying that human beings are different from the rest of creation. Made in the image and likeness of God, man is profoundly different from the rest of creation.