Where is/was the Garden of Eden ?
Blog Post #1003
Where is/was the Garden of Eden ?
January 10, 2018
The Garden of God, Eden, often thought of as a beautiful, sinless paradise, man walked with God in perfect harmony, a time in which there was no pain, no suffering, no theft, and no murder. It sounds a lot like paradise, doesn’t it? Perhaps that’s because, in fact, that’s exactly what it is.
10 Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers. 11The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13The name of the second river is Gihon; it flows around the whole land of Cush. 14The name of the third river is Tigris; it flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. Genesis 2: 10-14
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t read Heaven’s Oasis be warned, the following post contains spoilers for that novel!
My eighth novel, Heaven’s Oasis, was a tragic love story about a man named Kevin Foster, who falls deeply in love with a woman named Claire Evans. The two are inseparable throughout much of their time at college before they both graduate with PhDs. Within a few years of graduation, the couple are married, traveling for a quick honeymoon to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina before Claire, now an archaeologist, leaves for the Middle East to continue work on a major discovery she’s close to making. Tragically, however, she dies of natural causes while on their honeymoon, leaving a very distraught Kevin Foster an emotional train wreck. After turning on the television some time later and catching an interview where one of Claire’s former colleagues slams Claire, mocking her attempts to find archaeological evidence that the Bible is historically accurate, thereby proving that God exists. Angered and dismayed at the disparaging of his beloved wife’s memory, Kevin sets out to finish Claire’s work, and find whatever it was Claire said she was so close to finding before she died.
Kevin eventually discovers, of course, what Claire was working on when she’d died. She’d learned of the existence of an antediluvian site (pre-global flood), which the ancients called Heaven’s Oasis, which turns out to be none other than the Garden of Eden itself. Here is where I will digress from the novel. Feel free to read about Claire, Kevin, and of course, the Garden of Eden (or rather, my vision of it at least), in Heaven’s Oasis, available on Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Heavens-Oasis-Jeff-W-Horton/dp/162989592X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1513823618&sr=8-2
Now Claire and Kevin Foster would not, of course, have been the first people to ever search for the Garden of Eden. As indicated above, the Book of Genesis in the Bible itself offers some tantalizing clues, yet remains incredibly unspecific at the same time.
10 Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers. 11The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13The name of the second river is Gihon; it flows around the whole land of Cush. 14The name of the third river is Tigris; it flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
Genesis 2: 10-14
There are four rivers mentioned here that offer clues to at least the general location to where the Garden of God could have been. The four rivers mentioned are: the Pishon, the Gihon, the Tigris, and the Euphrates. Two of the rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, are known to come together in modern-day Iraq. The definitive locations of the other two, however, the Pishon and the Gihon, have been lost to Antiquity.
There is little shortage to the amount of speculation out here today suggesting where these rivers are, or were. Some suggest Pishon is now a dried-up riverbed while of Gihon is what is now commonly known as the Blue Nile in Africa. Others insist that one or both flows through India, or Pakistan. So where does that leave us regarding a location for the Garden of Eden?
It seems that in general, most scholars place the Garden of God somewhere near the intersection of two well-known rivers, the Euphrates and the Tigris. It is assumed the Garden of Eden would have been located somewhere in the same general vicinity as ancient Babylon, in modern-day Iraq. I remember watching the coverage during the Iraq War when our tanks zipped along the roads of Iraq not far from the ancient ruins of Babylon, when the news anchor commented that the Garden of Eden was reported to be nearby.
Not everyone agrees on this point either, however. with other experts placing Eden in Israel instead centered, in fact, in Jerusalem. A website does an excellent job of explaining their reasoning, complete with detail, including satellite imaging, on their website at http://www.kjvbible.org/rivers_of_the_garden_of_eden.html .
One Hebrew Rabbi I found suggested Eden could very well be on another plane of existence, perhaps no longer sharing our same dimension, if it ever did.
In Heavens Oasis (Another Spoiler Alert!), Kevin discovers a portal inside an ancient temple, through which he passes to reach Eden.
So where is the Garden of Eden, a.k.a. the Garden of God? I suppose it’s likely only He knows for certain; perhaps we’ll all know one day soon.
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