A-Z: General definitions: Eden


The place described in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament, in which God placed his first human creatures, Adam and Eve. It is depicted as a beautiful garden, often also called Paradise. In it stood the Tree of Knowledge, the only tree whose fruit Adam and Eve were forbidden by God to eat. As they failed to obey, they were expelled from Eden (Genesis 2:8-10; Genesis 2:15; Genesis 3:23-24).

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