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Eden, Garden of definition

The beautiful garden containing the tree of life, where God intended Adam and Eve to live in peaceful and contented innocence, effortlessly reaping the fruits of the Earth. The garden also contained the tree of knowledge of good and evil, from which Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat. When they disobeyed and ate the forbidden fruit, God drove them from the garden. Their sin and consequent loss of God's grace and of their paradise is known as the Fall of Man.

Note: Figuratively, a “Garden of Eden” (sometimes simply “the Garden,” or “Eden”) is any state or place of complete peace and happiness.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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