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The Impossible Spaces: A Commentary on Gen. 2:8–15

Philosophy, The Pontifical University of Salamanca, 37002 Salamanca, Spain
Academic Editors: Manuel Lázaro Pulido and Ricardo Piñero Moral
Religions 2021, 12(8), 656; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12080656
Received: 14 July 2021 / Revised: 9 August 2021 / Accepted: 11 August 2021 / Published: 18 August 2021
A close analysis of the text of Gen. 2:8–15, pertaining to the Garden of Eden, shows the structural differences between said text and others from ancient mythologies that mention or describe a paradise. Likewise, that analysis suggests that the data provided by the Bible to locate paradise are merely a narrative device meant to dissipate all doubts as to the existence of a garden where God put human beings. Similar to other spaces that appear in the Bible, the Garden of Eden is, in fact, an impossible place. Throughout the centuries, however, recurring proposals have been made to locate paradise. As time went by, those proposals were progressively modified by the intellectual ideas dominant in any given era, thus leading the representations of the location of Paradise to be further and further away from the information provided by the biblical text. View Full-Text
Keywords: Garden of Eden; attempts at location; impossible spaces; narrative strategies Garden of Eden; attempts at location; impossible spaces; narrative strategies
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García-Jalón, S. The Impossible Spaces: A Commentary on Gen. 2:8–15. Religions 2021, 12, 656. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12080656

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