Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 320
Context: The first chapter of Genesis relates how God created the heavens and the earth, how He made light, and how He caused the dry land to appear. It relates also how on the fifth day of creation, having already made the vegetation and the sun and the moon, God created the creatures of the water and the air, including the great whales. He bade the creatures of the waters and the air to "Be fruitful and multiply." On the sixth day of creation, as it is told in Genesis, God fashioned the animals who inhabit the dry land, including man. In Chapter Two of the account, we learn how God rested from His labors on the seventh day. This chapter relates, too, how a mist rose from the ground, in lieu of rainfall, to water the ground and make the vegetation grow. It tells, also, how man was created, as a living soul, and placed in an earthly paradise, in which grew both the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the latter of which figures in Adam's and Eve's disobedience and their subsequent expulsion from the garden; for God says, after Adam and Eve have eaten of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, that they must be expelled from Eden, lest they "take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever":
And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
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