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Róheim, G. (1940). The Garden of Eden. Psychoanal. Rev., 27(1):1-26.

(1940). Psychoanalytic Review, 27(1):1-26

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The Garden of Eden

Géza Róheim, Ph.D.

The Narrative in Genesis. “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God has made. And he said unto the woman. Yea, hath God said. Ye shall not eat of any tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent: Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden. God hath said: Ye shall not eat of it neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman: Ye shall not surely die for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise she took of the fruit thereof and did eat and she gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened and they knew that they were naked and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the gardens in the cool of the day and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto the man and unto him. Where art thou? And he said. I heard thy voice in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that shouldest not eat? And the man said: The woman whom thou gavest to be with me she gave me of the tree and I did eat.

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