Garden of Eden

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Calque of Biblical Hebrew גַּן עֵדֶן (gan ʿḗḏen).

Proper noun[edit]

Garden of Eden

  1. (Abrahamic religions) In the Book of Genesis of the Bible and Surat Sad of the Qur'an, a garden at the source of the Gihon, Pishon, Tigris, and Euphrates rivers, where Adam and Eve first lived after being created.
    • Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
    • 1943, Widtsoe, John A., Evidences and Reconciliations: Aids to Faith in a Modern Day[1], Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, ch. 22, page 127:
      Latter-day Saints know, through modern revelation, that the Garden of Eden was on the North American continent and that Adam and Eve began their conquest of the earth in the upper part of what is now the state of Missouri.



Garden of Eden (plural Gardens of Eden)

  1. (cellular automata) A pattern that can only exist as an initial state and is not reachable from any other state.
    • 2004, Ceccherini-Silberstein, Tullio; Francesca Fiorenzi, Fabio Scarabotti, “The Garden of Eden Theorem for Cellular Automata and for Symbolic Dynamical Systems”, in Vadim A. Kaimanovich, editor, Random Walks and Geometry: Proceedings of a Workshop at the Erwin Schrödinger Institute, Vienna, June 18 - July 13, 2001, Walter de Gruyter, →ISBN, OL 25415217M:
      A configuration e not in the image of τ, namely eC \ τ[C] is called a Garden of Eden (briefly GOE) configuration, this biblical terminology being motivated by the fact that GOE configurations only appear as initial configurations.