The Jews often teach that the Temple was a place that modeled the Garden of Eden. There are significant parallels between Moses' description of the Garden of Eden in Gen. 2 and the Tabernacle built under his direction.
In both places, God met with man.
The gold and onyx (2:12) of Eden anticipate gold and onyx found in the Tabernacle furnishings and priestly garments (Ex.25:1-40; 28:9-20).
The Hebrew words translated "till" and "keep" (2:15) are used by Moses to refer to Tabernacle "service" (see Num. 3:10) and the "observing" of covenant stipulations (see Deut. 4:6).
Eventually the entrance to the Garden was guarded by cherubim (3:24), heavenly beings whose images also adorned the Ark of the Covenant (Ex. 25:19) and the curtains which formed the outside wall of the Tabernacle.
Moses described the Garden of Eden in a specific way to teach his contemporaries that tabernacle (and later temple) worship was their proper means of approaching God. For Israel, the tabernacle signaled the possibility of entering into an intimate relationship with Him.