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Remembering EdenThe Reception History of Genesis 3: 22–24$
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Peter Thacher Lanfer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926749.001.0001

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Eden and the Temple

Eden and the Temple

(p.127) 5 Eden and the Temple
Remembering Eden

Peter Thacher Lanfer

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines interpretations of the temple motifs in the expulsion narrative. These interpretations are not strictly exegetical, but employ the symbols of the expulsion narrative in affirming the connection between the temple and Eden. There are three main manifestations of this association explored in this chapter: Eden as the former temple, Eden as the present temple, and the future temple as a reconfigured Eden. This chapter argues that the theme of Eden and the temple appears in a variety of ancient materials, including archeology, iconography, and texts. Finally, the persistent inclusion of the temple in Jewish and Christian interpretation of the expulsion narrative argues for the original centrality of the temple in the Eden narrative of Genesis 2–3.

Keywords:   Cherubim, Garden of Eden, Holy of Holies, Tree of Life, throne of God, temple as garden, purity of Eden, riches of Eden, future temple, sanctuary of Men/Adam

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