Garden of EdenDoes anyone know the exact location of the garden of Eden, and the two rivers Euphrates and tigris, what are they called now, was it around there?Also does anyone have an idea what...

Garden of Eden

Does anyone know the exact location of the garden of Eden, and the two rivers Euphrates and tigris, what are they called now, was it around there?Also does anyone have an idea what the two double edged swords are the ones God placed in the garden after taking Adam and Eve off the garden. Is this a spiritual symbol of can we feel the physical side of it?

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literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Like many religious symbols, the Garden of Eden represents just that, a symbol. The fact which is much more important to Christians and other followers of God is that places such as the Garden of Eden are able to surpass physical time in regards to people's belief that it did exist. The actual reality of where it existed is not as important.

That being said, many have tried to find and denote the actual location. The following links have their own opinions on where the Garden actually lies.

http://ldolphin.org/eden/

http://www.logoschristian.org/eden.html

http://www.christiananswers.net/q-aig/garden-of-eden-loc.html

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Some people believe that the Garden of Eden was located in what history calls the fertile crescent.  Scientist often believe that civilization as we know it began here.  Other people believe that the Garden of Eden's location no longer exists because of the changes in continents and land masses over time.  Of course, both of these theories take the view that the Garden of Eden was more a metaphor than an actual place.  There are people who believe the Garden of Eden was a truly real place and not simply a metaphor.  I think it depends on how you interpret the bible and whether you believe humans as a species evolved.

bigdreams1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the answer to both parts of your question depends on whether or not you believe the Bible is literal or metaphorical.

Many religions take scripture as the "inerrent" word of God; literal, true, historical fact. However, many believe the Bible to be a collection of wise advice and parables that are designed to teach lessons on faith and moral living.

If you are a literalist, then you would believe there was a physical Garden of Eden. A metaphorical interpretation of Scripture would lead you to believe that it was a fictious story with a moral attached.

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since we've had lots of discussion regarding the possible location of the Garden of Eden, I'll address the other part of the original question.

I don't think there were literally two double-edged swords on the boundaries of the Garden of Eden. I do believe that God created barriers, which may have been physical obstacles but I think more likely were mental/emotional conditions (sins) such that humans were unable to reenter a state of perfect union with God.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Although there has been much speculation as to where the Garden of Eden was, it was not an actual place.  If we need to pin down its possible location, most people believe it is in the middle east, between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

Here is a link to some more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_of_Eden

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with #5. I don't believe that the Garden of Eden was necessarily a physical place. Rather, it is meant to be taken as a metaphorical expression of what living a life in union with God without the barrier of sin was like. Thus, the Garden of Eden expresses more of a state rather than a precise physical location.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

No one knows the exact location of the Biblical Garden of Eden, but speculation has it that it was somewhere between Najaf and Kufa in present day Iraq. According to the Bible, a river flowed from Eden, divided and formed four other rivers--presumably the Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates.

 

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

No one knows the exact location, presumably because there never was a literal Garden of Eden.  This is, in my opinion, supposed to be taken metaphorically.  I do not believe that there was a time when human beings lived in this perfect world so I do not believe there is a way to locate the Garden.

beefheart | Student

The exact location of the garden of Eden is the imagination of a primitive, nomadic, goat-herder's brain from 4000 years ago.

mylord123 | Student

No one knows the exact location of the Biblical Garden of Eden, but speculation has it that it was somewhere between Najaf and Kufa in present day Iraq. According to the Bible, a river flowed from Eden, divided and formed four other rivers--presumably the Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates.

 

Thank you very much God bless now I understand.

mylord123 | Student

Swold in the garden of Eden