Tree of the knowledge of good and evil and Original sin The narrative of the Book of Genesis places the first man and woman Adam and Eve in a garden where they may eat the fruit of many trees but are forbidden by God to eat from the "tree of knowledge of good and evil".
And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: They become aware of their "nakedness" and make fig-leaf clothes, and hide themselves when God approaches. Identifications and depictions[ edit ] This section needs additional citations for verification.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. As to which fruit may have been the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden , possibilities include grape, pomegranate,  fig ,  carob ,  etrog or citron ,  pear , mushrooms , and quince. The pseudepigraphic Book of Enoch describes the tree of knowledge: I exclaimed, How beautiful is this tree, and how delightful is its appearance! An alternative view is that the forbidden fruit is metaphorical, possibly the fruit of the womb, i.
In his Autobiography of a Yogi , Hindu spiritual teacher Paramhansa Yogananda cites an interpretation by his master Swami Sri Yuktiswar that the Garden of Eden refers to man's body, with the fruit in the center being that of the sexual organs.
In the Vulgate , Genesis 2: The larynx , specifically the laryngeal prominence that joins the thyroid cartilage , in the human throat is noticeably more prominent in males and was consequently called an Adam's apple , from a notion that it was caused by the forbidden fruit getting stuck in Adam's throat as he swallowed it. A present-day Spanish name is in fact manzanilla de la muerte, "little apple of death". This refers to the fact that manchineel is one of the most dangerous trees in the world.
Manchineel is also known as the beach apple. Symptoms continue to worsen until the patient can "barely swallow solid food because of the excruciating pain and the feeling of a huge obstructing pharyngeal lump".
Rabbi Nechemia , based on the Talmud, supports the idea that the fruit was a fig , as it was from fig leaves that God made garments for Adam and Eve upon expelling them from the Garden. The most famous depiction of the fig as the forbidden fruit was painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti in his masterpiece fresco on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Wheat[ edit ] Rabbi Yehuda proposes that the fruit was wheat , because "a baby does not know to call its mother and father until it tastes the taste of grain.
Just as an apple is a fleshy fruit that contains seeds, a grain is a dry fruit that absorbs water and contains a seed. The confusion comes from the fact that the fruit of a grass happens to have a form similar to some seeds. Allegro proposed the mushroom as the forbidden fruit.