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Where was Eden?

According to Genesis, a snake told Eve to take a bite of the apple, and that's how all the trouble began. Scientists now teach evolution, instead of Biblical "creationism," but archeologists are still searching for the Garden of Eden.

In the August 6-7 edition of the Wall Street Journal, Jennie Erin Smith writes, The longstanding assumption, dating back to the first century, was that Eden existed somewhere in the Middle East's Fertile Crescent at a junction of the Tigris and Euphrates, two of the four rivers mentioned in Genesis 2 ('And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four'). Yet 19th-century seekers began to see homegrown Edens near convenient creeks in Ohio and Missouri. Smith quotes author Brook Wilensky-Lanford as saying, "Whatever your idea of the known world was, there had to be four symmetrical rivers to divide it."

Despite the fact that archeological evidence now shows that life originated in Africa, no one seems to have searched for Eden there. An Ohio clergyman decided that Eden was located at the site of a Native American serpent mound. Perhaps it's a place that really exists in our hearts (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to these shows).

In Whitley's Room, just for subscribers, there are now several short (15 min.) discussions by Whitley Strieber on bible verses. The third one is on the opening lines of Genesis (and you've never heard an interpretation like THIS before)!

Life only seems to have originated in Africa because by my understanding the oldest human skeleton was found there and an older understanding was that Africans have dark skin because of the sun burning their skins over generations and thus evolution made them better adapted to the rays of the sun around the equator.The white man was a product of evolution by leaving to less sunnier climates and then the skin did not need to absorb the sun rays as strongly,making them lighter-thus the darker the skin the closer to the origination of man.
I disagree strongly with this hypothesis.If we find a skeleton far older than the African one in India or Tazmania or even Scotland the theory falls apart instantly.
We are judging the origins of man by our luck in what we have found and where we found it.If i find a 25 million year old skeleton of man on the moon it does'nt mean we originated there it just means we were there.

If you accept the ideas of kabalistic Judaism where our modern concept of Eden originates - Adam and Eve were not the first humans - but the first of a new breed of humans intended to guide the current world's spiritual development. They arrived on Earth approximately six thousand years ago, yes, probably somewhere in the Middle East, but it is generally assumed that Eden is actually not on this physical Earth, but in a higher dimension. One only need to read in the first few chapters of Genesis how their son Cain went out into the world and lived with other people. Well, who were these people? Judaism shares with other ancient cultures the idea that there were many other civilizations before ours.

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