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What Was The Forbidden Fruit? The Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil And Its Fruit
I have heard many theories on the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge. It seems that people are just dying to know just which fruit was forbidden by God. The forbidden fruit is mostly referred to as an apple but was it an apple? Where do people get their arguments about what they believe was the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge? And why are many so determined to learn just what this fruit was?
The Apple - The Forbidden Fruit?
By far, the apple is the fruit that is most commonly referred to as 'The Forbidden Fruit'. This probably came about, when, during the Renaissance, artists painted apples to represent the forbidden fruit. In Greek Mythology, the golden apple was the fruit of The Tree of Life which was in the garden of Hesperides. It is said that Renaissance painters adopted the apple to represent the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge because of this. But The fruit of The Tree of Life is totally different to the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
It is very clear that in the Bible they were two very different trees. One gave knowledge of good and evil, while the other gave eternal life.
"And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." Genesis 2:9 K.J.V.
So The Tree of Life and The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil were clearly two different trees. Also the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was the only fruit Adam and Eve were forbidden from eating.
"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Genesis 2:16-17 K.J.V.
Also, during that time of discovery, many different types of fruits were referred to as apples. It was a general name that people used for fruit. Do pineapples look like apples? Yet apple is in its name. Do star apples taste like apples? Yet apple is in its name as well.
I have also heard the theory that the pomegranate was the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Since the word pomegranate means seeded apple, it makes sense that this fruit would also be thought to be the forbidden fruit.
I think that it is also believed to be the fruit in the Garden of Eden because of the significance of pomegranates in the Bible. Many times pomegranates were mentioned in the Bible. They were used in the decorations of the Temple of the Lord. Pomegranates were mentioned in The books of Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Chronicles, The Song of Solomon, Jeremiah, Joel and Haggai. Some people think because it is mentioned so often that it is an important fruit. They conclude that for it to be an important fruit it just may be the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Because Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves, the fig is sometimes believed to be the forbidden fruit.(See Genesis 3:7) The fig, being the only fruit tree that was mentioned by name that existed in the Garden of Eden also contributes to the belief that it was the fruit of The Tree.
Many also conclude that the fig is the forbidden fruit because Jesus cursed the fig tree and told it to die.
"And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away." Matthew 21:19 K.J.V.
They believe that since the fig is the only fruit that Jesus is recorded as cursing, perhaps this was the fruit that caused the curse to fall upon mankind.
The idea that it was a grape that Eve ate and then gave to Adam, I must admit surprised me. I was told about this idea by someone who was thoroughly convinced it was true.
The grape is used to make wine and wine is indeed alcohol which causes men to sin,it was explained to me. The grape is also of the vine and since Nazarites take a vow not to eat anything of the vine surely this signifies something. It is also believed that the grape took another form after The Fall, just as the serpent did. But that could be argued about any of the other fruit mentioned before and indeed, the ones to come. The fact that Noah planted a vineyard and got drunk because of it is also one of the reasons why the grape is considered to be the forbidden fruit. It is pointed out that because Noah was, in effect, the first man again (since the flood destroyed all except Noah and his family), the sin was repeated. He ate the fruit and then his son looked upon him which was a sin. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is also mentioned in The Book of Enoch. In it, it is described as looking like a Tamarind tree but that the fruit looked like a grape.
Other Fruits That Are Believed To Be The Forbidden Fruit:
Wheat is believed by some to be the forbidden fruit even though it is a grain.
So why are people so determined to learn just what was the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge? Maybe they think that if they know they can somehow learn something from it. Perhaps they believe that in knowing, they will better understand themselves. Or maybe they just want to be all knowing like God is all knowing.
What Does The Bible Say About The Fruit Of The Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil?
As usual, I like to go to the Bible to see just what it has to say about something. There are so many differing opinions on what the fruit could or could not be.
In studying I found out something that no one ever seems to mention when discussing the forbidden fruit.
In The Book of Genesis, the Bible speaks of The Tree of Knowledge and The Tree of Life. Both existed in the Garden that God created for Adam. There was only one Tree of Life and there was only one Tree of Knowledge so how could there be any descendants from that fruit that exists today? Behold, God put a guard so that The Tree of Life would not be eaten from. This guard protects the Garden from intruders. The same garden that holds the Tree of Knowledge.
"Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." Genesis 3: 23-24 K.J.V.
I am convinced that none of the fruits mentioned above are of The Tree of Knowledge. All it took was one taste by Adam and Eve and then the way was shut so that the Tree of Life would not be eaten by man.The Garden has been guarded since then and those trees are inaccessible to mankind.
So what of The Tree of Life, then? Will mankind never get to taste its fruit?
Jesus has said:
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." Revelation 2: 7 K. J. V.
He speaks of it again and says:
"In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:2 K.J.V.
And finally He says:
"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14 K.J.V.