Are Edens Trees Physical or Figurative: A Fun Dive into Symbolism

tree of life

The discussion about the trees in the Garden of Eden encompasses both the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. These trees play a crucial role in the biblical narrative of Genesis, as well as in theological discussions concerning their symbolic or literal nature.

Physical Trees: The story notes that Adam and Eve were physically expelled from Eden and that angels were placed to guard the entrance, preventing them from accessing the Tree of Life again. This description suggests that the Tree of Life had a tangible form and that its fruit had some physical properties.

According to biblical passages, the consumption of the Tree of Life’s fruit could reverse the effects of entropy and decay in human bodies. This implies that while Adam and Eve were in Eden, they may not have needed the Tree of Life. Their rebellion against God occurred shortly after their creation, before physical decay became apparent.

Tree of Life in Scripture

The Tree of Life appears not only in Genesis but also in several other parts of the Bible, such as Revelation:

  • Revelation 2:7
  • Revelation 22:2
  • Revelation 22:14
  • Revelation 22:19

These references suggest a continuation of its significance beyond the initial Garden of Eden narrative.

Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

This tree, mentioned exclusively in Genesis, is a focal point of the story concerning free will and moral decision-making. God presented Adam and Eve with a choice between learning about good and evil through direct divine instruction or by personally experiencing it. They chose the latter, leading to profound consequences for themselves and their descendants.

Adam and Eve’s decision to eat from the Tree of Knowledge introduced a firsthand experience of good and evil. Despite the immediate negative consequences, this experience is seen as part of a broader divine plan aimed at achieving an ultimate good.


In theological discussions, whether these trees are considered literal or figurative often depends on one’s interpretation of Scripture.

Some denominations view them as literal entities, while others see them as symbolic representations of broader spiritual truths.

Either way, the narrative of the trees in Eden continues to be a powerful element in understanding human nature, free will, and divine intention.

Posted by Samuel Brown

Samuel Brown is the founder of, a Christian blog intertwining gardening with spiritual growth. Through, Samuel explores the biblical symbolism of gardens, offering practical gardening tips infused with spiritual insights. Inspired by Jeremiah 17:8, he emphasizes the parallels between nurturing plants and cultivating faith. Join Samuel on a journey where gardening becomes a metaphor for resilience, spiritual fruitfulness, and a deeper connection with God's creation.

1 comment

  1. While the idea of these trees being symbolic is neat, I find too often people try to take these stories too literally. It’s all metaphors, folks. You really think a single tree could be the be-all, end-all of wisdom or immortality?

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