More from G. K. Beale on The Temple and the Mission of the Church: Adam was a priest and the Garden of Eden was a sanctuary. This is partly a reading back of Revelation 21 and ideas from post-exilic Judaism into Genesis.
But before I criticize, let me make some more positive points. Certainly in Genesis 2 ff. there is the notion that Eden is where man experienced the presence of God in a unique way. Adam and Eve walked and talked with God. So the notion of the presence of God in a unique place does parallel the notion of the unique presence of God in the Temple.
Beale argues that the instructions from God for Adam to cultivate and keep or guard the garden put Adam in a priestly role. In a way this is true. Part of the duty of Hebrew priests was to manage the sanctuary…
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