The Tree of Knowledge (leading to spiritual death) and the Tree of Life (which culminates as Christian salvation in Revelation) appear to be central doctrines in Christianity (since Christ ended the sin of Adam). However, my search of the Old Testament cannot find any mention of the Tree of Life, apart from in Proverbs. Wikipedia states Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, etc, are post-Exilic in origin.
Are there scholarly views that the Creation Story, including the two Trees, are post-Exilic in origin?
Note: I did find the quote below written as a comment elsewhere:
What about Ecc., the Pslms., Song of Songs, and Prov.? None of these have the same "shape". Clearly there are different genres and genres even change within the same books in some cases. In the Word Biblical Commentary series, Gordon J. Wenham notes that the syntax of Gen. 1:1-2:4 is distinctively different from normal Hebrew narrative prose and believes it is be elevated prose in the form of a Hymn that the text invites comparison with the psalms or passages such as Prov. 8:22-32 or Job 38 (Vol 1, Pg 10). Thus it appears that the "shape" is not consistent from one end of Gen. to the other. – James Shewey Oct 30 '15 at 6:12