Hard Questions About the Bible

According to the Bible, (Genesis 2:8-23) God planted a garden in the East, called Eden.  He created Adam and Eve and put them in the garden, telling them they could eat of any tree, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The Bible actually gives the location of the Garden of Eden, it says that a river watering the garden flowed out of Eden, and separated into four rivers, two of which were the Tigris and Euphrates.  The Tigris and Euphrates rivers still exist, and go through present day Iraq, known in Biblical times as Babylon, also known in ancient times as Mesopotamia.  Mesopotamia is known in world history as the ‘cradle of civilization’, known for the bronze age, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, music and agriculture.

I thought it’s pretty amazing to learn that the location of the Garden of Eden is also Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization.  It would make sense that if mankind started there, it would lead to a concentration of people, creating the right environment for civilization to begin.

Next: Spread of Civilization from the Tower of Babel

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