In Hebrew, ‘Eden’ means delight. The Garden of Eden was the first home of mankind, according to the book of Genesis in the Bible. It is described as a paradise on Earth, home to Adam and Eve, the first humans created by God.
East of Eden lies the Land of Nod, to which Cain was exiled after killing his brother Abel. 'Nod' means wandering. John Steinbeck's novel, East of Eden, concerns a brother's betrayal. Neil Gaiman was working on his first Sandman graphic novel at the same time as Good Omens; it features Cain and Abel and references the Land of Nod.
Angels are heavenly intermediaries between Heaven and Earth, performing tasks on behalf of God. Their functions are varied: guardians, messengers, warriors.
The Bible describes a hierarchy, the ‘nine choirs of angels’: seraphim (the highest), cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels.
Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden after disobeying God by eating fruit (not an apple) from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
This 1427 fresco by Italian Renaissance painter Masaccio depicts the moment when Adam and Eve leave paradise, escorted by an angel with a sword.
Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, James Ussher was a serious scholar, well respected in his time. By compiling the periods of time listed in the Bible, he concluded that:
The Earth was created in 4004 BC
The Flood occurred in 2348 BC
The Exodus occurred in 1491 BC
And, curiously, Jesus was born in 5 BC.
He was by no means the only scholar to attempt such a chronology, and others, including Isaac Newton, came to similar conclusions.
A stock character in both serious and comedic films, Igor is traditionally the hunchbacked assistant to the mad scientist (especially Frankenstein).
The M25 is a 117 mile orbital motorway around Greater London. One of the world’s longest orbital roads, it is often extremely congested, leading to jokes referring to the M25 as the world’s largest car park.