the garden of eden (hebrew , gan ʿeḏen) or (often) paradise, is the biblical "garden of god", described most notably in the book of genesis chapters 2 and 3, and also in the book of ezekiel. genesis 13:10 refers to the "garden of god" (not called eden by name), and the "trees of the garden" are mentioned in ezekiel 31. the book of zechariah and the book of psalms also refer to trees and water in relation to the temple without explicitly mentioning eden.
traditionally, scholars favored deriving the name "eden" from the akkadian edinnu, derived from a sumerian word edin meaning "plain" ｏr "steppe". eden is now believed[by whom?] to be mｏre closely related to an aramaic root wｏrd meaning "fruitful, well-watered." another interpretation associates the name "eden" with a hebrew wｏrd fｏr "pleasure"; thus the douay-rheims bible in genesis 2:8 has the wｏrding "and the lｏrd god had planted a paradise of pleasure" (rather than "a garden in eden"). the hebrew term is translated "pleasure" in sarah's secret saying in genesis 18:12.