16.185 a garden enclosed

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Date: Thu Aug 29 2002 - 10:52:48 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 185.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 07:50:11 -0700
             From: Brian Whatcott <betwys@DIRECTVInternet.com>
             Subject: Re: 16.182 a garden enclosed, no garden otherwise

    At 10:19 AM 8/26/02, "C. Perry Willett"
    <pwillett@indiana.edu> wrote this:

    >As A. Bartlett Giamatti was fond of pointing out, the root of
    >"paradise" is from Persian for an enclosed garden, or, as the
    >OED has it, "for a (Persian) enclosed park, orchard, or pleasure
    >ground." Giamatti, in his dual role of Commissioner of Baseball
    >and very public intellectual, liked the idea of a baseball park
    >as paradise, but perhaps virtual paradises require a wall as well.
    >Perry Willett
    >Main Library
    >Indiana University

    Here is how the Enc. Brit describes PARADISE. (1st ed.)

    "A term principally used for the Garden of Eden, in which Adam
    and Eve were placed immediately upon their creation.
    As to this terrestrial paradise, there have been many enquiries
       about its situation.
    It has been placed in the third heaven, in the orb of the moon,
       in the moon itself, in the middle region of the air, above the earth,
    under the earth, in the place possessed by the Caspian sea, and
    under the arctic pole.
    The learned Huetius places it upon the river that is produced by
    the conjunction of the Tigris and Euphrates, now called the river
       of the Arabs, between this conjunction and the division made
    by the same river before it falls into the Persian sea.
    Other geographers have placed it in Armenia, between the
    sources of the Tigris, the Euphrates, the Araxis, and the Phasis,
    which they suppose to be the four rivers
    described by Moses. The celestial paradise is that place of pure
    and refined delight, in which the souls of the blessed enjoy
    everlasting happiness."

    Brian Whatcott
        Altus OK Eureka!

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