Joel 2:3

Hebrew Bible

1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm signal on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land shake with fear, for the day of the Lord is about to come. Indeed, it is near! 2 It will be a day of dreadful darkness, a day of foreboding storm clouds, like blackness spread over the mountains. It is a huge and powerful army—there has never been anything like it ever before, and there will not be anything like it for many generations to come! 3 Like fire they devour everything in their path; a flame blazes behind them. The land looks like the Garden of Eden before them, but behind them there is only a desolate wilderness—for nothing escapes them! 4 They look like horses; they charge ahead like war horses. 5 They sound like chariots rumbling over mountain tops, like the crackling of blazing fire consuming stubble, like the noise of a mighty army being drawn up for battle.

Ezekiel 36:35

Hebrew Bible

33 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will populate the cities, and the ruins will be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land will be plowed, instead of being desolate in the sight of everyone who passes by. 35 They will say, “This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; the ruined, desolate, and destroyed cities are now fortified and inhabited. 36 Then the nations that remain around you will know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruins and replanted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken—and I will do it!’ 37 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will allow the house of Israel to ask me to do this for them: I will multiply their people like sheep.

 Notes and References

"... The Primeval History, in Genesis 1–11, is woven from the J and P strands. The contrast between the two is clearly evident in the two accounts of creation with which they begin ... The J account begins with one of the most familiar of all biblical narratives—the story of Adam and Eve. There is surprisingly little reference to this story in the remainder of the Hebrew Bible, although there are several allusions to the garden of Eden as a place of remarkable fertility (Isaiah 51:3; Ezekiel 36:35; Joel 2:3; et al.). Ezekiel 28:13-16 alludes to a figure who is driven out of “Eden, the garden of God,” by a cherub, in the context of a taunt against the king of Tyre, but it is not clear that he had the same story in mind that we now find in Genesis. For clear allusions to Adam and Eve, we have to wait until Ben Sira, in the early second century B.C.E., and the Dead Sea Scrolls ..."

Collins, John J. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (p. 71) Fortress Press, 2018

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