History of the Old Testament, Part 02 – Happiness of Adam and Eve in Paradise


1. The heavens and the earth being finished, God planted a garden, a terrestrial paradise, in which were all manner of trees and precious fruits. In the midst thereof He placed two trees, one the tree of life, the other the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God then told Adam he might eat of the fruit of every tree in the garden, but “of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil he should not eat; for on the day he would eat, he should surely die.”

2. Then God brought before Adam all the beasts of the earth, that he might give to each its name. But for Adam there was not found a companion like to himself. And God said: “It is not good for man to be alone; let us make a help mate like unto himself.” So God cast a deep sleep upon Adam, and from his side took a rib, which He formed into a woman. When Adam awoke, God brought the woman to him, and he called her Eve; that is, the mother of all the living.

3. Whilst Adam and Eve were in Paradise, God treated them as a father does his children, and they were happy; at the same time the tree of life preserved them from sickness and death. The tree of life was a figure of the Sacrament of the Altar, of which it is written: “He who is fed by it shall live forever.”

MLA Citation

  • Bishop Richard Gilmour. “Happiness of Adam and Eve in Paradise”. Bible History, 1894. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 July 2015. Web. 28 October 2016. <>