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I always like to point out to students that there is some potential biblical precedent for aligning or even conflating the two trees, as well:
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<div class="">Proverbs 3:13-18 extols the pursuit of wisdom (hokhmah, in Hebrew):</div>
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<div class="">Here's the Authorized Version's translation:</div>
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 the&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="0120">man</span>&nbsp;that&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="04672">findeth</span>&nbsp;
<span class="strongs" sn="02451">wisdom,</span>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="0120">man</span>&nbsp;that&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="06329">getteth</span>&nbsp;
<span class="strongs" sn="08394">understanding.</span></span><span class="versetext singleline" id="pr3-14" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; display: block;"><span class="versenum" style="float: left; text-align: right; display: inline; margin: 0px 3px 0px 0px; padding: 0px; font-weight: bold;">14</span>For
 the&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="05504">merchandise</span>&nbsp;of it is&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="02896">better</span>&nbsp;than the&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="05505">merchandise</span>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="03701">silver,</span>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="08393">gain</span>&nbsp;thereof
 than fine&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="02742">gold.</span></span><span class="versetext singleline" id="pr3-15" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; display: block;"><span class="versenum" style="float: left; text-align: right; display: inline; margin: 0px 3px 0px 0px; padding: 0px; font-weight: bold;">15</span>She
 is more&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="03368">precious</span>&nbsp;than&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="06443">rubies:</span>&nbsp;and all the things thou canst&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="02656">desire</span>&nbsp;are not to be&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="07737">compared</span>unto her.</span><span class="versetext singleline" id="pr3-16" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; display: block;"><span class="versenum" style="float: left; text-align: right; display: inline; margin: 0px 3px 0px 0px; padding: 0px; font-weight: bold;">16</span><span class="strongs" sn="0753">Length</span>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="03117">days</span>&nbsp;is
 in her right&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="03225">hand;</span>&nbsp;and in her left&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="08040">hand</span>&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="06239">riches</span>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="03519">honour.</span></span><span class="versetext singleline" id="pr3-17" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; display: block;"><span class="versenum" style="float: left; text-align: right; display: inline; margin: 0px 3px 0px 0px; padding: 0px; font-weight: bold;">17</span>Her&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="01870">ways</span>&nbsp;are&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="01870">ways</span>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="05278">pleasantness,</span>&nbsp;and
 all her&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="05410">paths</span>&nbsp;are&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="07965">peace.</span></span><span class="versetext singleline" id="pr3-18" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; display: block;"><span class="versenum" style="float: left; text-align: right; display: inline; margin: 0px 3px 0px 0px; padding: 0px; font-weight: bold;">18</span>She
 is a&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="06086">tree</span>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="02416">life</span>&nbsp;to them that lay&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="02388">hold</span>&nbsp;upon her: and&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="0833">happy</span>&nbsp;is every one that&nbsp;<span class="strongs" sn="08551">retaineth</span>&nbsp;her.</span></div>
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<div class="">That final verse describes wisdom as the &quot;tree of life,&quot; etz hayim, almost the same as the tree of life in Genesis. &nbsp;The difference between the Genesis tree and the Proverbs tree is the definite article: &nbsp;Genesis has etz ha-hayim, &quot;tree of the
 life&quot;. &nbsp;The traditional Jewish reading of this passage from Proverbs (which makes its appearance in the liturgy) is that the &quot;tree of life&quot; is the Torah, the means through which knowledge/wisdom is properly obtained.</div>
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<div class="">On Nov 17, 2014, at 11:18 AM, JD Fleming &lt;<a href="mailto:jfleming@sfu.ca" class="">jfleming@sfu.ca</a>&gt; wrote:</div>
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<div class="">in PL 10 the father says A and E must be expelled lest they eat from the tree of life and live forever, &quot;dream at least to live forever.&quot; But the clarity of this implication is post-lapsarian--in Milton. In antecedent tradition, there was, I believe,
 a widespread notion that prelapsarian immortality was a function of life-tree-noshing. Thus producing troubled head-scratching over how A and E and their descendants wd have gained continued access to the precious fruit, had they not fallen, but spread all
 over the world by going forth and multiplying. No refrigerated containers, you see. JD Fleming</div>
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<b class="">From: </b>&quot;Gregory Machacek&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:Gregory.Machacek@marist.edu" class="">Gregory.Machacek@marist.edu</a>&gt;<br class="">
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<b class="">Sent: </b>Monday, 17 November, 2014 07:50:42<br class="">
<b class="">Subject: </b>Re: [Milton-L] Adam ate of . . . the wrong Tree!<br class="">
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<div class="">Maybe Milton had it in mind as part of the mechanism by which A&amp;E's bodies might at last turn all to spirit, and winged, ascend, ethereal: &nbsp;occasional noshing on the Tree of Life during that period when they were being improved by obedience through
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Greg Machacek<br class="">
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Subject: [Milton-L] Adam ate of . . . the wrong Tree!<br class="">
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<div class=""><span face="Courier New,Courier,monospace" size="3" data-mce-style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; font-size: medium;" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; font-size: 12px;" class="">Dear friends, as we had already
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Catechism of Trent (year 1566) includes some interesting concepts with<br class="">
reference to the Genesis-3 story. Here's another example, taken from<br class="">
the comments to the request &quot;Give us today our daily bread&quot; in the<br class="">
Lord's Prayer:<br class="">
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<span face="Courier New,Courier,monospace" size="3" data-mce-style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; font-size: medium;" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; font-size: 12px;" class="">&quot;To get immortal life, there would have
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<span face="Courier New,Courier,monospace" size="3" data-mce-style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; font-size: medium;" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace; font-size: 12px;" class="">This side of the story was maybe taken
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often highlighted, I think: Adam and Eve were driven away from Eden so<br class="">
as not to eat of the Tree of Life, as it is well known. But, if they<br class="">
had NOT sinned by eating the fruits of the Tree of Knowledge, they<br class="">
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my memory is failing me as to PL in this respect. Milton says (cf. PL<br class="">
3. 352 ff; 5. 652) that &quot;now&quot; trees of life only grow in heaven to the<br class="">
angels' dietary benefit, but what about its past role on earth? Was<br class="">
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