Jewish History: Biblical History: The Creation of Woman:
Why was man created before woman?
Man was created both male and female; see Gen.1:27 and 5:2.
The details given in Gen.2:18-24 explain that the male and
female parts, which were originally in one body, were
afterwards separated into two bodies, to provide for
cooperation and companionship. The word translated "rib"
could also mean "side". The Talmud discusses this in
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