The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

The tree of the knowledge, of good and evil is one of two specific trees in the story of the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2—3, along with the tree of life. Genesis 2 narrates that God places the first man and woman in a garden with trees of whose fruits they may eat, but forbids them to eat from “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. When, in Genesis 3, a serpent seduces the woman to eat from its forbidden fruit and she also lets the man taste it, God expels them from the garden and thereby from eternal life. The meaning of good and evil. The phrase in Hebrew, tov wa-raÊ¿ literally translates as good and evil. This may be an example of the type of figure of speech known as merism, a literary device that pairs opposite terms together in order to create a general meaning, so that the

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