What Adam and Eve can teach us about the ups and downs of marriage

In his new book, "The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us,' author Bruce Feiler argues that the biblical tale is about forgiveness and resilience.
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??? ??? Everybody knows the story of Adam and eve, but you've probably never heard it like this before. How the oldest story in the book may help improve your relationship. Here's ABC's David Wright on a fascinating new book. ??? ??? got me looking so crazy right now ??? ??? Reporter: Queen bee and Jay-Z didn't just invent crazy in love. They are the latest in a long list of couples, real and imagined, who have inspired us, and confounded us, all the way back to Adam and eve. You see this as a love story? Oh, I think it's absolutely a love story. Reporter: Author Bruce filer hopes to redeem the original sinners who tasted the forbidden fruit and were cast out of the garden of Eden. This is everything but a happy ever after story. Well -- It's the Devin 95 not happily ever after story. It's about forgiveness and resilience, they must stay together. That's the core message of the story. Reporter: Filer, author of the best story, walking the bible, has spent his career examining the bible. Eve especially, victims of the greatest character assassination ever. I'm like, can this first relationship tell us something about relationships today? As absurd as it sounds, can Adam and eve be the role models that we're looking for? Filer's book has even inspired an Adam and eve approach to couple's therapy with the help of marriage counsellors. You never hear anybody talk about just Adam or just eve. It's always Adam and eve. Reporter: The idea being, to help people get past the blame game, and face life's challenges together. In a relationship, I guess comparing to Adam and eve, as you reference, you're in a team, and win or lose, you win or lose together. Often times, there's a discussion about culpability or fault. And I think more than anything, that's just something that has no place in a relationship. Because at the end of the day, the consequence is shared. Reporter: After Adam and eve were banished from Eden, they stuck together. And the two walk out of paradise hand in hand toward a far happier place. Hand in hand with wondering steps and slow -- Exactly. So I think, again, there you see what love really is. It's this mix of Independence. They're walking off into the sunset. Together, but also alone. Independent, but interdependent. This is a marriage with ups and downs and it lasted a thousand years. Exactly. And it's still there 3,000 years later, as an example of what a healthy resilient, real relationship actually looks like. A story of a marriage that endured. I'm David Wright for "Nightline" in New York.

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