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The Garden of Eden

The creation story in the Bible describes an idyllic place called the Garden of Eden. Despite many attempts to locate Eden and its four rivers, no single spot seems to fit this description. Its name and the mention of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers suggest that Eden was thought to be in Mesopotamia. Places similar to Eden can be found in several Mesopotamian creation stories, such as "Enki and Ninhursag". The biblical story of God forming man from dust is also similar to Mesopotamian myths written hundreds of years before the creation of the Bible.

Then YHWH, God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground YHWH, God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and

A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris, which flow east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

YHWH, God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

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