The Real Apple

"But the Lord God called to the man, 'Where are you?'  He answered, 'I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.'  And God said, 'Who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?'  The man said, 'The woman that you put here with me - she gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it.'
Then the lord God said to the woman, 'What is this that you have done?'  The woman said, 'The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'"  (Genesis 3, verses 9 through 13.)

Most of us may not know the exact words of the Bible regarding this passage, but we all know about Adam and Eve, and the eating of the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden.  The eating of which caused the fall of man by opening his eyes and being able for the first time to understand the concept of good and evil,  Man and woman were both forced out of the lush paradise and into the cold, cruel world, to taste of everything from hardcore labor, to death.

But why an apple?  Does it say anywhere in the ancient scriptures about Adam and Eve eating an apple?  The answer is NO.  So again, why an apple?  Is it because it is a common fruit?  Perhaps the most universally understood image of fruit?  I'd like to take a stab at an answer here.
Let me know what you think.  This sounds strange, but when I am feeling down and out, I'll go eat an apple, and suddenly I seem to see things in a different way.  There must be some chemical or other element inside of apples that at least makes me think things are different.  Maybe that is a common thing for people to experience; the opening of ones eyes by the consumption of an apple; hence, the apple being the fruit of The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  (That's what the name of the tree was.)

But let us dig a little deeper, In fact, let us dig way, way deeper to a book that was written long, long ago.  Thirty thousand years ago, according to some scholars.  The name of this book is "The Book of Enoch."  This book according to some, is one of the lost books of the Bible; a book that somehow escaped the canonization of the 66 books that we now call the Bible.  A book that predates the oldest book in the Bible, "Job" by some twenty seven thousand years.

Enoch was the only person to ever escape death.  God loved him so much that he refused to let him go through the painful experience of death.  At the end of a 300 year life, "Enoch was not, for God took him."  A bit of a "beam me up Scotty" type of scenario.  At any rate, in the book of Enoch, it is revealed that the The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is also known as the Tree of Life.  At least they have the same appearance.  To eat of the fruit of The Tree of Life, is to live forever.  This tree is described as a medium sized deciduous tree, having fruit in the shape of "giant grapes" growing in clusters just like grapes grow, only much bigger.  So there you have it.  The apple was actually a giant grape.  UPDATE:  I have recently discovered that some have offered up the Asian fruit known as the Lychee as a possible candidate for at least the description of the forbidden fruit from the Book of Enoch.
The Lychee
              Fruit
 

Letters Regarding this subject:
Frank Writes: The explanation I had heard was that the forbidden fruit was not mentioned until an artist needed to paint the scene. Since you can't paint a nondescript fruit, he choose an apple.


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