The garden in which the first man and woman were placed and from which they were driven because of their breach of divine law. Its location “in the east” (Gen 2:8) probably places it in the area at the head of the Persian Gulf. Eden is the source of four great rivers (Gen 2:10-14) and the site of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge, both of which are “in the midst of the garden” (Gen 2:9; Gen 3:3). After Genesis, the most important source of references to Eden is the book of Ezekiel. In (Ezek 28:11-19), a variant of the Eden story in Genesis, the prophet describes Eden as the “garden of God” (Gen 28:13) situated on God’s holy mountain, from which primal man was expelled by the cherub because of his iniquity. The Garden of Eden is used as a metaphor for the renewal of the land of Israel by God after the exile (Ezek 36:35; Isa 51:3), where “Eden” is paralleled by “garden of Yahweh”). In (Joel 2:3), the transformation of the land from Garden of Eden to devastated wilderness is part of an oracle forecasting the Day of Yahweh.
8And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
10A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches.
11The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows ... View more
9Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and t ... View more
3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’ ”
Lamentation over the King of Tyre
11Moreover the word of the Lord came to me:
12Mortal, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the ... View more
13And the Lord stood beside him and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and ... View more
35And they will say, “This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined towns are now inhabited and fortifie ... View more
3For the Lord will comfort Zion;
he will comfort all her waste places,
and will make her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and g ... View more
3Fire devours in front of them,
and behind them a flame burns.
Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,
but after them a desolate wilderness,
and nothin ... View more