Q. I have a question about the Garden of Eden. I heard a well known bible teacher say that Jerusalem could be the same place where God established Eden. He made some interesting parallels like In Genesis 2:8 where it states that God planted a garden toward the east of Eden. Directly east of the Temple mount is the Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of olives. What are your thoughts on if Jerusalem is Eden?
A. The Garden of Eden was irrigated by four rivers. (Gen. 2:10-14)Two of these are known to us as the Tigris and the Euphrates and flow well east of Jerusalem. The locations of the other two are unknown and they may flow underground. From the little we know, it must have been huge, possibly covering much of the Middle East. Jewish tradition has it centered in Jerusalem, Iraqis claim it for their country, and Turkey and Armenia also have traditions locating it in their countries. They could all be right, but no one knows for sure.