Dr. James Cregan
The Garden of Eden holds a central place in the Christian imagination. Not only does it bookend the Bible with its promise of God’s overbrimming grace, the symbolism of Eden also informs and energises the narratives of creation, revelation, and redemption at the heart of its sacred texts. Yet, for various reasons, a developed theology of Eden is still substantially lacking in Christian discourse. This study weekend provides an opportunity to explore the many dimensions of that theology, and in doing so bring to awareness some of the ways the ancient Israelite understandings of Eden were appropriated, integrated, and transformed by the New Testament authors as they sought to convey their own perception of the New Creation in Christ.