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Garden of Eden
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The place where the first human beings, Adam and Eve, lived after being created by God. They were subsequently expelled from the Garden for disobeying Him—commonly referred to as “the fall,” which brought about the entrance of sin and death into all creation (Rom 5:12).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Eden, Garden of
Eden, Garden of (גַּן־עֵדֶן‎, gan-eden; “garden of luxuries”). The place where the first human beings, Adam and Eve, lived after being created by God. They were subsequently expelled from the Garden for disobeying Him—commonly referred to as “the fall,” which brought about the entrance of sin and death
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Eden, Garden of (Place)
EDEN, GARDEN OF (PLACE) [Heb gan-ʿēden (גַּן־עֵדֶן)]. The place where the first humans are placed by Yahweh and from which they are later expelled. In Genesis 2–3 it is described as a place of beauty and abundance. Elsewhere it is designated as Yahweh’s own garden (e.g. Isa 51:3; see GARDEN OF GOD)
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden. Location east of Eden (Gn 2:8) in the Tigris-Euphrates area of Mesopotamia, referred to 14 times in the OT. The data in Genesis 2:8–10 show that it was in the Shinar Plain area, and that four “heads” were formed from the one river flowing through Eden to water the garden. The heads were
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Garden of Eden
GARDEN OF EDEN Location in the east of Eden (Gn 2:8) in the Tigris-Euphrates area of Mesopotamia, referred to 14 times in the OT. The information in Genesis 2:8–10 indicates that it was in the Shinar Plain area, and that four “heads” or branches were formed from the one river flowing through Eden to
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eden, Garden of
EDEN, GARDEN OF. The place which God made for Adam to live in, and from which Adam and Eve were driven after the Fall.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Garden of Eden
GARDEN OF EDEN A place of abundance and natural beauty where the first humans were installed before the Fall. Genesis 2:8 refers specifically to the Garden of Eden, “in the East,” describing the garden as abundant with trees, “pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Eden, Garden of
Eden, Garden of. The original home of *Adam and *Eve (Gen. 2:8–3:24), translated in the LXX by a word meaning ‘*Paradise’. From it issued the four rivers Pishon, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates (ibid.). The name is prob. connected with the Babylonian edinu, ‘a plain’ (such as would be made very fertile
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Eden, Garden Of
Eden, Garden of. “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed” relates Genesis 2:8. Since Adam and Eve are presented as real persons with real children from which the whole human race has come (Gen. 5:1; 1 Chron. 1:1; Luke 3:38; Rom. 5:12), it is
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Eden
EDEN [EE den] (delight) — the name of a garden, a man, and a region in the Old Testament:1. The first home of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. The concept “Garden of Delight” fits perfectly the setting of Genesis 2–3, a place of God’s blessing and prosperity.Suggestions offered as to the location
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Eden
Eden. Paradise, the country and garden in which Adam and Eve were placed by God (Gen. 2:15). The word means delight, pleasure.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Eden, Garden of
Eden, Garden of ee’duhn (עֵדֶןH6359, prob. “delight”; less likely related to Akk. edinu, “open field, steppe” [cf. A. R. Millard in VT 34 [1984]: 103–6). A beautiful and fertile place where God “put the man he had formed” (Gen. 2:8).
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch
Eden, Garden of
EDEN, GARDEN OFThe issues to be analyzed in connection to the garden of Eden are diverse and complex. Elements of significance include geography, cosmography and etymology (comparative Semitics) and require investigation of ancient Near Eastern practices as well as theological and textual contexts.
Key passages
Ge 2:8–17

And Yahweh God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And Yahweh God caused to grow from the ground every tree that was pleasing to the sight and good for food. And the tree of life was in the midst of the garden, along with the tree of the knowledge …

Ge 3:22–24

And Yahweh God said, “Look—the man has become as one of us, to know good and evil. What if he stretches out his hand and takes also from the tree of life and eats, and lives forever?” And Yahweh God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. So he …

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