Was the Garden of Eden a real place or just a myth
PROBLEM: The Bible declares that God “planted a garden eastward in Eden” ( Gen.
2:8 ), but there is no archaeological evidence that any such place existed. Is this just a
SOLUTION: First of all, we would not expect any archaeological evidence, since there
is no indication that Adam and Eve made pottery or built durable buildings. Second,
there is geographical evidence of Eden, since two of the rivers mentioned still exist
today—the Tigris (Hiddekel) and the Euphrates ( Gen. 2:14 ). Further, the Bible even
locates them in “Assyria” (v. 14 ), which is present day Iraq. Finally, whatever
evidence there may have been for the Garden of Eden ( Gen. 2–3 ) was probably
destroyed by God at the time of the Flood ( Gen. 6–9 ).