Eden’s garden

The Eden , also known as the Garden of Eden -in Hebrew עדן) [eden] – is, according to the biblical account of the Book of Genesis , where would put the god Iajvéj to the man after it has been created from the dust of the ground.

And God planted a garden in Eden, to the east; and put the man he had formed there.

Genesis 2: 8

He took them, God to man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it .

Genesis 2:15


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  • 1 Etymology
  • 2 Other names given in the Bible
  • 3 History
    • 1 Possible location
    • 2 Special trees
    • 3 inhabitants
  • 4 Man’s Task
  • 5 Sources


This word is often used as a synonym for Paradise. But nevertheless, the word “Paradise” originally refers to a beautiful garden of long proportions, while “Eden” is a word of Akkadian origin (a people of Semitic descent), whose meaning refers to a place that is pure and natural. Thus, Eden refers rather to a geographical region, while Paradise refers to a more specific place (an orchard or garden located in the eastern part of that region).

Other names given in the Bible

  • “Eden”

And the LORD planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and put there the man whom he had formed.

Book of Genesis 2: 8

  • “The Garden of Eden”

So the LORD took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it.

Book of Genesis 2:15

  • “Eden, the garden of God”

You were in Eden, the garden of God.

Book of Ezekiel 28:13


Possible location

Anonymous Bible writers indicated that Eden was an orchard or garden that would have existed in the east, indicating its existence in a region that would lie to the east of Palestine. Some believe that the garden was on a mountain, or perhaps it was an outlet for fresh springs:

And a river came out of Eden to water a garden, and from there it was divided into four arms.

Genesis 2:10

The writers baptized these four arms:

  • Pisón River, which surrounded the entire land of Havila;
  • the Gijón river (possibly the Nile river ), which surrounded the entire land of Cus ( Ethiopia );
  • the Jidekel River (possibly the Tigris River ); that it ran east of Assyria ; and
  • the Euphrates river .

Special trees

In the garden of Eden, the god Yajvéj would have placed two special trees, called the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” and the “tree of life”.

So the LORD took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it.
And Jehovah commanded the man saying: «You can eat from all the trees in the garden,
but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you will not eat, because in the day that you eat from it, you will surely die.

Book of Genesis 2: 15-17


The Garden of Eden is described in chapters 2 and 3 of the Book of Genesis . The god Yahweh created the garden specifically for Adam, the first human being, whom God had formed.

Jehovah planted a garden in Eden, to the east; and put there the man whom he had formed. And Jehovah brought forth from the ground every tree that was delightful to the sight, and good to eat.

Book of Genesis 2: 8-9

For this, the Garden of Eden was perfect. It offered beauty and sustenance, as it was home to all kinds of trees “delicious to look at, and good to eat,” and a source of fresh river water to drink. And as for the man, Yahweh “put him in the Garden of Eden, to till it and keep it.” ( Book of Genesis 2:15).

Region in which Jehovah arranged a garden as the original home for the first human couple. In this garden, God would have placed Adam and Eve to live. In this place, God would grant man everything he needed to have joy, pleasure and harmony, in this way he would lack nothing.

Man’s task

The man’s job assignment was to cultivate and care for the garden. Among the trees and plants of Eden were all those species that embellished the landscape, as well as those that provided food in a wide variety. ( Book of Genesis 2: 9, 15.).

This fact alone indicates that the garden must have had a considerable extension. There was a great variety of animal life in the garden. God put before Adam “all the domestic animals and […] the flying creatures of the heavens and […] every wild beast of the field”, and one of Adam’s first tasks was to name all of them. ( Book of Genesis 2:19, 20.) The waters of the river “which came from Eden” watered the soil of Eden. ( Book of Genesis 2:10.) The fact that the man was naked allows one to suppose that the climate was mild and pleasant. ( Book of Genesis 2:25.).


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