SPECIAL TOPIC: EDEN (BDB 727)

Eden is a geographical location (i.e., in Ugaritic, "a plain") in Genesis 2-3 which contained a special garden planted and prepared by God for His highest creation, mankind (i.e., in image and likeness, cf. Gen. 1:26-27). The special garden is alluded to in Isa. 51:3; Ezek. 28:13; 31:9,16,18 (twice); 36:35; and Joel 2:3.

Apparently the word means "abundance" from an Aramaic root. In Hebrew (BDB 727 III, 792 II) the root means "delight" or "pleasure" (lit).  After Genesis the term becomes a metaphor for a well watered, fruitful place.

 

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