I’m proposing two main interpretations of the Garden of Eden story. 1.) The only way for humanity to get off the ground was for Adam and Eve to get banished from the Garden; and 2.) God’s banishment was an act of mercy. Because of their previous behavior it was clear they would eat from the Tree of Life, they had already eaten from the Tree of Knowledge. It was God’s mercy that kept them from eternal life with the knowledge that there was paradise and they were not in it.
We have seen God’s goodness in the creation story, but this would be the first expression of a merciful God. Do you think a merciful God contradicts the Old Testament?
It’s quite possible these “arguments” are not so new as people far smarter than I have been thinking about the Garden of Eden for far longer. If that’s the case, I would love to know what you know about who those people are and what they said.
This is the philosophic thrust of my project. I will look at the Jewish interpretation of these concepts, as well as others. William Blake’s poetry (and art, maybe) will be used as a poetic expression of these concepts. He was considered a mystic and visionary, abhorred the organized Church, but was a Christian in a creative way.