Have you ever wondered where the Garden of Eden was located – the place where human life began? Many people talk about their roots in Africa or in India but very few people realize that their roots go much further back than that. Life did not start in Africa or India as many believe. The Bible gives us a few details that help us get an idea of where human life actually began.
Gen. 2 says:
“8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Here come the details:
“10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, ….
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia [Cush in the original Hebrew].
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.”
Now Bible scholars are not agreed as to where the Pison was actually located. Some say it is modern Phasis. Others say it is Araxes. And still others say it is the Acampis river. Neither can we say much about the river Gihon with certainty. However, despite these seeming pitfalls, we know enough about the other two rivers to say with a great degree of certainty where the Garden of Eden was. The Hiddekel river is called the Tigris river in the Septuagint and flows from Turkey down to Iraq. The Euphrates river is also well-known and flows from Turkey to Syria and Iraq, joins the Tigris river and empties in the Persian Gulf.
Since we know that the four rivers parted after irrigating the garden we can safely say that the Garden of Eden was located in Turkey. Turkey is the common denominator in this geographic information. It is the common starting point. While there are those that believe that Eden was in Iraq, that is too low down for the specifications that we have.
There are other factors that favor Eden being in Turkey as well. Remember when the Flood swept away all the inhabitants of the world except those inside the Ark? The Bible tells us that the Ark rested on the mountains of Ararat.
Gen. 8:4 says “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.”
Ararat is in Armenia which borders Turkey. The Ark apparently did not go too far. Who knows if in Bible times Turkey’s border included that part of Armenia?
Lastly seven churches are presented to us in Rev. 2 and 3. They represent the seven ages of the Church till the end of time. They are Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. All of them are located in Turkey. It is fitting that where the battle between good and evil started it will, at least symbolically, be ended.
So those of you who make a big deal about your descendants being from Africa or China or India or Italy, France or Greece, remember that red or yellow, black or white, we are all Asians according to the book of Genesis. We are one blood by creation and even if we were not, we are one blood by salvation. Acts 17:26 says:
“And [He] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.”