Bible Review 14:6, December 1998

Getting Back to the Garden of Eden

The Hebrew Bible suggests three possible ways to attain immortality

By Ronald S. Hendel

Bible Review

The main problem with the Garden of Eden is that we’re no longer in it. According to Genesis 3:22–24, the first humans were banished from paradise by God, and he stationed fierce creatures at its entrance to bar any future entry. The humans are banished so that they won’t be able to eat the fruit of the Tree of Life and live forever. The exile from Eden guarantees that people will be subject to death. The path to immortality is sealed off, and there’s no obvious way back to the Garden. Or is there?

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