Though the location was lost in the reshaping of the earth during the flood, the basic centrality of the area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in relation to the rest of the world has led many to assume that Eden was somewhere near where these rivers begin -- the mountains of Ararat. Another clue pointing that direction is that these two rivers are two of the four mentioned in Genesis 2 along with other details about the planting of the garden.
The garden is said to have had every variety of edible plant available. Also available was the Tree of Life which would sustain the lives of the garden's perfect residents in perpetuity. Though this was available, it is not clear that the couple ever ate from it. Only one tree was forbidden: the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." In no uncertain terms Adam was told not to eat of that tree. The consequences would be devastating. Unfortunately, Eve did not listen to the warning (presumably Adam had told her) and was deceived into eating -- and sharing -- that fruit.
- ↑ Genesis 2:8-9
- ↑ The rivers are said to flow out of the garden (Gen. 2:10).
- ↑ Presently, the geographic center of the world has been calculated to be in the modern country of Turkey. The location is about 500 miles WNW of Mt. Ararat, the probable landing spot for the Ark 'in the mountains of Ararat.'
- ↑ Genesis 2:9
- ↑ Genesis 2:9; 3:22
- ↑ Genesis 2:9,17; 3:3-17