Genesis - on good and evil

There appears to be a contradiction in genesis

Genesis 2:17 'But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Now up to this point God seems to have thought that everything that he'd made was good (plenty of smug self-satisfaction expressed) and presumably at this point man had no knowledge of good and evil, something that he could only gain by eating of the tree of knowledge.

So if he didn't know of good and evil how was he doing bad by eating of the tree? What propmted him to disobey if he had no good and evil in him? Seems that he didn't need to eat of the fruit to do bad things. What's it all about?

Presumably god evisaged that there was a choice, that man need not have eaten of the fruit. But if this were true then he could have had no knowledge of good and evil and hence no free will. How could man choose to have free will if he didn't have it already? How could he be siad to have free will if he had no knowledge of good and evil already?

It either seems that god set it up so that we didn't have a choice or that there is a contradiction.

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