Did God actually create Eve from Adam's rib?
The answer is that the 'rib' story is a mistake in the Bible! It was not included with the protection of divine inspiration. It should not have been included in the Bible.
The authors of the Bible were guided by divine inspiration. One can imagine that such an author would hear; "This is God speaking; you are about to make a mistake; do not continue."
But what is to stop an author from imagining that God is guiding him, but instead 'making up' his own message: "Honest to God, this is God speaking, what you are about to write is correct". Or does the idea of Divine Inspiration preclude God's prime directive of "Free Will"! Evidently not, as the inclusion of the Eve and Adam's rib proves.
So, how did the "rib" story come about? Here is how:
The Sumerians (Adams' nation) wrote of the creation of mankind far before the Hebrew Bible. Their stories included various gods and goddesses. The son and daughter of the father god, Anu, were called Enki and Ninti. Ninti was responsible for the creation of man in the Sumerian myths. (Yes, the God that created mankind was a woman [in Sumerian history].
The translators of the Bible texts were certainly aware of this story. Sumerian history was a requirement and NOT an elective in the first millennium BC. Even Moses first learned of the Ten Commandments in his Sumerian History class.
It is at this point that the translators' background may have played a part. In particular:
"Ninti" means "goddess of all the living".
"Eve", on the other hand, means "mother of all the living".
This similarity between the names of the Biblical "Eve" and her Sumerian Goddess/Creator "Ninti" is