What was the Garden of Eden?
The Garden of Eden is described in the Bible as a wonderful and beautiful place and the original home of man. The book of Genesis says in chapter 2 beginning with verse 8: “8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground–trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
What modern country is the site of what was once the Garden of Eden?
According to the Bible, the Garden of Eden was near several rivers.
Genesis 2:10 “A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; . . . 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; . . . 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris ; . . .And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
Although we do not know the exact location of the Garden of Eden we do know that the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are found in the countries of Iraq & Iran and thus near the Garden of Eden. Tradition has located Eden south of the ancient city of Ur in Iraq.