[b-hebrew] Sons of Eden

Walter R. Mattfeld mattfeld12 at charter.net
Fri Jun 24 05:07:01 EDT 2005

Karl wrote:

"Close, but no cigar. The Isaiah reference is about the "sons of Eden who
are in Talasar" and not to a place name. (DN is spelled the same way as in
Genesis, but the use here is of a people, not of a place".

Dear Karl,

Thankyou for taking the time to read my article. As regards the association
of the "sons of Eden in Tel-assar" with the Assyrian Bit-Adini, the
connection is not "original" with myself, cf. the below from the
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


e'-d'-n (bene `edhen): In 2 Ki 19:12; Isa 37:12 "the children of Eden that
were in Telassar" are mentioned in connection with "Gozan, and Haran, and
Rezeph" as having been destroyed by the Assyrians who were before the time
of Sennacherib. The expression, "the children of Eden that were in
Telassar," undoubtedly referred to a tribe which inhabited a region of which
Telassar was the center. Telassar means "the hill of Asshur" and, according
to Schrader, it was a name that might have been given to any place where a
temple had been built to Asshur. Inasmuch as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph
were in Mesopotamia it would seem probable that "the children of Eden that
were in Telassar" belonged to the same locality. The "children of Eden" is
quite probably to be identified with the Bit `Adini of the inscriptions and
this referred to a district on the middle Euphrates. According to the
inscriptions Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and Bit `Adini were destroyed by
Sennacherib's forefathers, and this is in accord with the account in 2 Kings
and Isaiah.
The "Eden" of Ezek 27:23 is usually taken as the name of a place in
Mesopotamia with which Tyre had commercial relations, and probably belongs
to the region of "the chilrden of Eden," discussed above.


Regards, Walter

Walter Reinhold Warttig Mattfeld y de la Torre, M.A. Ed.

mattfeld12 at charter.net


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