Without being a biblical scholar, how could one read the bible and be certain as to what it means? It's been translated many times. Nothing about it that is read in English could be taken literally. If it says that Eve was the mother "of living things" how could one possibly be quite confident that it didn't mean mother of all living humans? Can you be certain that "things" wasn't mistranslated? If it is to be taken literally then I guess she is the mother of all birds/plants as well. As I recall "light" came before all the stars and planets. Is that to be taken literally as well? If so, then any crazy concept should be taken literally.