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How long did Adam and Eve stay in the Garden of Eden before they fell?

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The Bible does not mention how long Adam and Eve stayed in the Garden of Eden before they fell. But most Bible scholars believe that our first parents stayed for a short time in Eden for the following reasons:

1-God commanded Adam and Eve to “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28).  This suggests that the couple would have begun trying to reproduce immediately, and thus cannot have resided in paradise for a long time.

2-Satan knew that timing is everything. The longer he waited to tempt Adam and Eve, the more devoted they would be to God. So, it is unlikely that he wasted time before striking his attack on them.

3-Adam and Eve didn’t conceive their children until after they left the garden of Eden (Genesis 4:1-2).

4-Genesis 4:25 says that Adam and Eve had their child, Seth, after Abel’s death. We also know from Genesis 5:3 that Adam was 130 years old when Seth was born. Since scripture makes it clear that Seth was born outside of the garden, we can conclude that Adam and Eve could not have been in the garden for more than 110-115 years, and certainly not more than 130!

According to Bishop James Ussher’s chronology, Adam and Eve sinned on the tenth day of the first month, which is the Day of Atonement. The Day of Atonement presumably represents the first sacrifice, which God made by killing animals (and used their skins to make the coats Genesis 3:21) to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve. While Ussher’s reasons for selecting, this date may be reasonable, the exact date or duration of time that Adam and Eve stayed in the Garden of Eden can’t be fully determined.

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