(Genesis 2:7-9) Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Vs. 15-17 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
Vs 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
Vs 21-23 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; and the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
The word "rib" is used which is significant as it implies that the woman "Eve" was taken from his side, close to his heart and is co-equal rather than taken from his head that she should be over him, or from his foot that she should be beneath him. The rib is a vital bone protecting the life of man and speaks of a woman's protective and nurturing instincts.