Becoming Yet More Like God: A Jewish Perspective on Radical Life Extension

  • Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and its Successors book series


Here, in one of the opening chapters of its very first book, the Bible contemplates what it would mean to live forever. Adam and Eve had already eaten of the tree of knowledge of good and evil—that is, they had already attained moral knowledge and, presumably, the ability to make decisions and act according to that knowledge. This asset makes them more like God than any of the other animals. If they additionally were to live forever, they would effectively become gods on earth. Thus, God must banish them from the Garden of Eden lest they attain the second aspect defining the differences between human beings and God, the ability to live forever.


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