By Gerard P Luttikhuizen

This examine at the representations of Paradise within the Hebrew Bible (Genesis 2-3 and Ezekiel 28) additionally offers with the reception of the biblical bills in early Jewish writings (Enochic texts, the booklet of Jubilees, Qumran texts) in Rabbinics and Kabbalah, early mainstream Christianity and in early Christian apocryphal and Gnostic literature. additional chapters are dedicated to perspectives of Paradise within the Christian heart a while. This quantity concludes with the translation of Paradise in John Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost".

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It may be sufficient to draw only a few conclusions from this section. First, paradeisoi occurred mainly in areas once dominated by the Persian empire. Secondly, the variety of usage of the Iranian "paradise" survived the fall of the Achaemenid empire. Thirdly, with the disappearance of the Persian elite their hunting paradeisoi had vanished as well, except for the more eastern parts of the former empire. Fourthly, in the course of time the Graeco-Roman paraddsos became more and more artificial.

37). 135-7). The thought is perhaps far-fetched, but is it totally impossible that in these protests against killing enslaved animals there is something of a hint at contemporary Roman venationes? It cannot even be excluded that the detractors of the "Persian hunt" had heard about contemporary hunting paradeisoi further to the East, since an event in the Persian expedition of Julian the Apostate demonstrates that these had continued to exist. The historian Zosimus relates that in the neighbourhood of Meinas Sabatha, a city near the Naarmalcha canal which runs between the Euphrates and the Tigris, the Roman army came "to an enclosure which they called the 'King's Chase'.

Thus, the Pishon is identified as the Ganges. 64 T h e flood of literature trying to solve the geographical problems of Eden in Gen 2:10~14 demonstrates two things. First, the narrator wants to offer a mystified location for Paradise. Through geography he wants to demonstrate the reality of Paradise. Well- known, famous rivers derive from the universal river starting in Eden. Later versions and explanations go in the same direction, now covering the whole known world of their day. On the other hand, he does not want to locate paradise in an accessible and locatable place.

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