Out of the Garden and into the Cradle (Part Two)
by Navy Christian
In part one of this subject, I suggested that Eden could be in Africa, which is where modern scientists postulate our human ancestry begins. One other explanation exists for the contradiction between Eden, which some believe is in modern day Iraq, and the cradle of mankind, which is Africa.
Genesis two tells us about how God created man and then planted a garden in the east (vs 8). He could have “planted” this garden by supernaturally bringing it up from dead ground or he could have grown it through natural process. How he did it wasn’t important. It only matters that he did do it.
And all the Bible tells us is that he planted it in the east. More than likely, in writing to ancient Jews, the writer meant the location of present day Iraq. Remember that the books of the Bible had a target audience, just like any piece of writing does. So while Noah might not have meant that the Garden had been in Iraq based on his renaming of new rivers after old ones (see THIS post), the writer of Genesis seems to indicate this as a location.
Yet the location is really not that important. Again, we believe God created everything because we believe that both the Bible (his written revelation) and nature (his physical revelation) both tell us so. So whether the original writer was right in saying it was Iraq or not is irrelevant.
Because of the above and the previous post on this subject, I believe that the cradle of mankind (eastern Africa) and the Garden of Eden were the same.