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Aaron ben Elijah

Aaron ben Elijah  

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(?1328–69).Karaite Jewish philosopher and exegete. His greatest work was the trilogy Ez Hayyim (Tree of Life), Gan Eden (Garden of Eden), and Keter Torah (Crown of the Law).
Adam

Adam  

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First human being. Created to be God's vicegerent (steward) on earth. The Quran records Adam's fall from grace as the result of disobedience to God's commands but, unlike Christian tradition, the ...
Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve  

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The first parents of the human race, whose story is told in the opening chapters of the book of Genesis. There is no doubt that until the nineteenth century Adam and Eve were held to be historical ...
Adam's Bridge

Adam's Bridge  

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The chain of small islands linking S. India to N. Śri Lankā, which could be crossed on foot until the 15th cent., when storms widened the gaps. According to Rāmāyaṇa ...
artist and the garden

artist and the garden  

The Middle AgesThe representation of actual gardens is a Renaissance phenomenon which stemmed from the new impulse to record the surface externals of the natural world. That was made ...
Biblical creation

Biblical creation  

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The creation myth of Genesis in the Torah, the first part of what Christians call the Old Testament section of the Bible, is, in fact, at least two myths influenced ...
Cain

Cain  

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The elder son of Adam and Eve. Cain offered fruits of the earth (he was a farmer) to the Lord, but they were rejected; whereas his brother Abel offered meat, which was accepted (Gen. 4). How the ...
cherubim

cherubim  

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The Hebrew word, which is plural in form, denotes the second of the nine orders of angels.
Eve

Eve  

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Arabic Hawwa. Wife of Adam. She is not named in the Quran; her name is known through oral tradition (hadith). Unlike the Old Testament, the Quran does not present her as responsible for tempting ...
Fall

Fall  

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The lapse of humankind into a state of sin, ascribed in traditional Jewish and Christian theology to the disobedience of Adam and Eve as described in Genesis; also called the Fall of Man.In North ...
garden

garden  

A plot of ground on which plants (flowers, vegetables, fruits, or herbs) are cultivated. See also horticulture, market garden.
Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha  

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The family name, plus the first name, of the Buddha Sākyamuni.
Genesis

Genesis  

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The first book of the Bible, which includes the stories of the creation of the world, Noah's ark, the Tower of Babel, and the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.The name, recorded from late ...
Gihon

Gihon  

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1. One of the four rivers in Eden (Gen. 2: 13).2. A spring in Jerusalem which supplied water to the city; the scene of the anointing of Solomon (1 Kgs. 1: 33). Hezekiah in 701 bce had a tunnel ...
Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh  

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A legendary king of the Sumerian city state of Uruk who is supposed to have ruled sometime during the first half of the 3rd millennium bc. He is the hero of the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh, one of ...
Golden Fleece

Golden Fleece  

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When it was arranged by his stepmother, Ino, that Phrixus and his sister Helle were to be sacrificed to the Greek god Zeus, they were saved by Hermes, who sent ...
heaven

heaven  

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In Christian theology the dwelling-place of God and the angels, and ultimately of all the redeemed, wherein they receive their eternal reward. In the Bible it is conceived as above the sky.It is the ...
Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell  

The places in which, respectively, the righteous are rewarded after death and the wicked punished. The usual terms in Jewish literature are the Garden of Eden for heaven and Gehinnom for hell. The ...
Hiddekel

Hiddekel  

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The name of the third river in Eden (Gen. 2: 14, AV; also Dan. 10: 4) and given its modern name ‘*Tigris’ by NRSV, REB, and NJB). It is in modern Iraq.
Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven  

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Heb. Malkhut Shamayyim, the Rabbinic expression for the sovereignty of God as acknowledged by human beings; hence the frequent expression: ‘acceptance of the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven’. The ...

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