Where is The Garden of Eden? For centuries, theologians, inquisitive people, historians as well as scientists have tried to figure out where The Garden of Eden is situated basing on the bible’s description in Genesis 2:10-14. The bible even describes The Garden of Eden area with recognized places such as Ethiopia. According to the bible, the garden had a spring that parted into 4 (four) rivers, Tigris, Pison, Gihon, and Euphrates. The names of the rivers has led many bible commentaries from all over the world to have a conclusion that The Garden of Eden might be somewhere around the areas of Middle East, which is today referred to as Tigris-Euphrates River Valley.
Many believe that the remains of the area vanished a long time ago. So where is River Pison and Gihon? Read on to this article and get to know more about The Garden of Eden.
The Garden of Eden location
According to the bible, The Garden of Eden Genesis was planted by God in the eastward of Eden. What is the biblical meaning of Eden? Some books in the bible that mentions The Garden of Eden, excludes the name ‘Eden.’ For instance, Genesis 13:10 refers to it as the ‘Garden of God,’ Ezekiel 31 mentioned the tress of the garden, Books of Psalms as well as The Book of Zechariah also mentions the water and trees in that Garden without necessarily mentioning the name Eden. All this made the bible scholars to get eager to know what ‘Eden’ means. They found out that Eden was derived from a word in Sumerian called ‘Edin’ and it means steppe or plain. Some of them said that it means fruitful and other pleasures. This means that we cannot tell the actual biblical meaning of the name Eden.
Now, is it actually true that the Tigris-Euphrates River valley is situated in Ur city where the ancient Tower of Babel as well as the Patriarch home of Abraham was? With no doubt, we can conclude that this river valley plays a role that is very unique and true in the biblical history. The question still remains, was The Garden of Eden located there? Okay, to answer this, let us examine basing on the biblical information.
River Tigris as well as Euphrates share the same headwater, which is the surrounding area of Mount Ararat. The proposed areas where the Garden of Eden is said to be located, does not match with the biblical information. This is because Tigris-Euphrates river valley does no have the same source flow, the other two rivers ‘Pison and Gihon’ are not present, and none of the two rivers ‘Tigris and Euphrates even flow to Ethiopia. To make it worse, even the mineral deposits that the bible mentions do not resemble. In simple words, the descriptions and the geography do not match.
So where was The Garden of Eden located?
We hope that you can recall the heavy floods that were there during Noah’s day. In the book of 2nd Peter 3:6, says that “the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.” Even the book of Genesis 6:9 describes the flood. According to Genesis, one can tell that the floods might have destroyed as well as restructured the entire globe. Major floods erode the surface of the land in an area and deposits the residue as well as the sediments in another area. According to the bible, is like that flood covered every planet and it operated at intensities, rates, and scales that are beyond description. This means that the Earth we live in could also not survive and go untouched.
All this tells us that the sediments should be fully packed with organic debris. Organic debris later fossilize or maybe metamorphose into gas and oil. These sediments should harden into what we refer to sedimentary rock in places such as mountain bends or breaks that are along the fault systems.
Where is The Garden of Eden today?
Today, the proposed area of The Garden of Eden location ‘Tigris-Euphrates River Valley,’ there are sediments that are more than 2 miles thick. The area is fully pumped with enormous qualities of gas as well as oil. Today, the sediments are rocks that are bent forming modern mountains and subsurface mountains, which the fault systems broke. These sediments also cover as well as obscure all pre-flood locations (possible).
What makes most people not to believe that Tigris-Euphrates River Valley is the location of the Garden of Eden is the fact that the basement rocks did not undergo the erosion. This tells that the basement rocks were not present before the occurrence of the heavy flood. No underground or topography that was present by then could have bear the heavy flood without getting restructured.
Furthermore, Noah together with his family could have renamed the present ‘Tigris-Euphrates River Valley with their familiar names. This means that the rivers and those places could have different names from the pre-flood world.
Ultimately, we cannot tell where The Garden of Eden was situated. This is because if we insist that it was located in todays ‘Tigris-Euphrates River Valley, we will be denying the catastrophic impacts on the globe flood during the Noah’s day. Feel free to share your thoughts as well as suggestions with us using our comment box and we will highly appreciate.