Well, Maybe It *Was* An Apple! (Heh)


Puritan Board Doctor
"The connection traditionally made between the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" (Genesis 2:9) - the arbor scientiae boni et mali - and the 'apple' reputedly eaten by the first pair rests, not on an ignorance of the text, as sometimes assumed, but on a bit of philological humor: the adjective 'evil' (malus, mala, malum) is identical in its masculine and neuter forms, respectively, with the Latin words for 'apple tree' (malus) and 'apple' (malum)."

From: Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms, Drawn Principally from Protestant Scholastic Theology by Richard A. Muller; 2nd edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017), p. 208 (last paragraph under "malum").

That's how, I suppose, the idea got around that Adam and Eve ate an apple, which caused the Fall.