Old Testament

The Pentateuch

Where is the modern-day location of Eden?

Its exact location is unknown, but the Bible offers a couple of clues. “A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows out of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.” (NRSV, Genesis 2:10–14) Because the Tigris and Euphrates are known by those names still, their locations are known. Accordingly, many Bible scholars believe Eden was located somewhere in what is now Iraq.


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