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Rivers of Creation
by Wayne Blank
The Four Rivers of Eden
Although the precise location is a matter of debate, Eden was located somewhere in Mesopotamia, which means "between the rivers." Some believe that Eden was in the north of Mesopotamia, in Turkey or Armenia, where Noah's ark later landed, and from which the rivers that become the Tigris and Euphrates today originate and then flow southeastward into the Persian Gulf, while others believe that Eden was in the south, near the Persian Gulf. From the Bible record, a single river flowed from Eden and then divided into four rivers (parallel, or more likely, some as branches of another), two of which survived the erosive and then sedimentary topographical changes caused by The Flood and are still known today (at least by name) as the Tigris (also known as the Hiddekel, see below) and the Euphrates.
"And The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." [see also Where Is Your Soul?]
Although, as stated above, the woman was not yet created when God told the man not to eat "of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die," Eve was equally aware of it immediately after she was created:
"And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." (Genesis 3:2-3 KJV)
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