Eden - a delightful place

Eden - a delightful place

According to the Book of Genesis, the civilized world began with two individuals, Adam and Eve, in a garden planted by God himself. Though we are told it was in the East, the exact location of this garden remains unknown to us today. Genesis 2:8 tells us that the garden was located in a place called Eden, and through a study of the Hebrew language, we can understand why.

The meaning behind Eden

The verb עדן (adan) appears only once in the Hebrew Bible (Nehemiah. 9:25), and means “to delight in” or “to enjoy the good life.” Nehemiah recalls the Israelites delighting in the abundance of vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees of the promised land. As a common noun, עדן (eden) carries nuances of delicacies, pleasures, luxury and delight, as in 2-Samuel 1:24, depicting the daughters of Israel being clothed luxuriously with scarlet.    

Why was God’s garden called Eden?

The Garden of Eden was aptly named because it reflects the meaning of the noun עדן (eden). The Garden in Genesis was luxurious, well-watered and extremely fertile. Genesis 2:9 says that every tree in the garden was pleasing to look at and good for food. This garden in Genesis was so renowned for its fertility that it became the epitome of a lush and luxuriant living environment (Isaiah 51:3).