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August 2017
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Personal View: Was Eden a garden-temple?

Few passages in the Bible provide a richer seam of truth than Genesis 1-3. As with any familiar passage, we delight to find new and fresh insights in it. In the last 20 years, Greg Beale has popularised one such potentially enriching idea: that Eden was a garden-temple. Beale puts forward the temple idea as one of the Bible’s big stories. He presents the whole cosmos as ultimately intended to be God’s temple. He maintains that God placed Adam in a garden-temple and Adam’s job was to expand that temple from Eden across the whole earth by subduing it. Adam was a priest, responsible for...

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