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.[2][3] genesis 13:10 refers to the "garden of god" (not called eden by name),[4] and the "trees of the garden" are mentioned in ezekiel 31.[5] the book of zechariah and the book of psalms also refer to trees and water in relation to the temple without explicitly mentioning eden.[6]

traditionally, scholars favored deriving the name "eden" from the akkadian edinnu, derived from a sumerian word edin meaning "plain" r "steppe". eden is now believed[by whom?] to be mre closely related to an aramaic root wrd meaning "fruitful, well-watered."[3] another interpretation associates the name "eden" with a hebrew wrd fr "pleasure"; thus the douay-rheims bible in genesis 2:8 has the wrding "and the lrd 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.[7] 


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