What Was The Phoenix Doing In The Garden Of Eden?

Phoenix עוף החול Of Hachol Wikipedia

What is the name of the bird in the picture, what is its connection to Adam and Eve, the garden of Eden, and the tree of knowledge, to the letter Aleph, to the sand, and to the fact that it never grows?

All of that in the next post.

In the picture above appears. an illustration of the Phoenix, in Hebrew עוף החול Of Hachol. Ancient lore says that after Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge following the serpent’s advice, Eve fed the whole universe: the animals, the cattle, and the birds. Only one bird which named Chol חול (sand) refused because it was following Job advice, “And in my nest, I shall perish, and like the sand, I shall have many days.” (Job 29:18). And since עוף החול Of Hachol never ate from the tree of knowledge,

The question is how we decode the lore? What does the bird refer to, what does the nest refer to, what is the meaning of eating? And what was Job’s advice?

The nest in this story is a metaphor to the garden of Eden, and eating signifies development since עוף החול of Hachol did not eat from the tree of knowledge, it never developed an entity and never had to leave its nest meaning the garden of Eden.

An interesting fact tells us Rabbi Yanai about עוף החול Of Hachol that gives us another perspective about it: “Some people say that this bird עוף החול Of Hachol lives 1000 years, and after 1000 years a fire goes out of its nest and burns it, and a little egg survives the flames, from which grows another bird.

In this lore, we discover a great secret behind the number Thousand. The number Thousand in Hebrew can refer both to the number 1000, and both to the letter Aleph because both are written in the same letters Aleph, Lamed, Peh Sofit. (see in the Gematria Table that we have prepared)

So to make it simple, the bird which did not eat from the tree of knowledge represents the creator himself; who doesn’t need to eat and does not need to grow, because he is just being, just existing. That’s why, the flames could not harm him, and it continues to live in cycles of 1000 years which symbolizes the unity.
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The lore in Midrash Rabah (19: 92-3)

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Eti Shani was born in Israel and has been teaching Hebrew for more than 10 years with a special interest and experience in ancient Hebrew scriptures and culture. She's also the author of a series of books for novice and intermediate Hebrew learners.
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