A-Z: General definitions: Tree of knowledge


The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was one of many trees in the Garden of Eden, but this tree alone was forbidden to humankind under the penalty of death. The serpent tempted Eve to eat and to become like God 'knowing good and evil'. When Adam joined Eve in eating the forbidden fruit, the result was shame, guilt, exclusion from the garden, and separation from the tree of life and from God.

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Big ideas: Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, 'Second Adam'

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