“Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make,
And who with Eden didst devise the Snake…”
It’s this whole Tree thing. It’s bugging me. In Genesis, we have the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, which, if the newly created Adam and Eve should eat from it, they are told ‘they shall surely die’.
Now according to my research, using the opposing terms ‘good and evil’ is a classic device to imply ‘everything’… the two extremes and all that lies in between. So Adam and Eve are warned that to eat from the Tree will result in their deaths… which sounds more like a Universal Gnosis and Initiation to me. Especially when you look at the same story in the Qur’an, where Satan tells them that they will not die, but will become as the Angels… which fits with Genesis 3.22 “And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil…”
Add that to the Tree of Life, “lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever…” I’ve said it before. There’s more in this passage than meets the eye.
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