Imagine a classic pirates tale, bringing his large ship to shore, lowering his sails not to be seen nor to be taken by the wind, this was much too important to be discovered. Slowly rowing several boats with chests carrying massive amounts of wealth in gold, silver, diamonds and swords, they approach the shore. Parchment in hand, measuring steps, coordinates, and times, the Captain of the ship takes special notes. “The large oak tree that has a trunk double the size of the mast” “50 strides towards the rock in the shape of a half moon” so on and so forth, the Captain completes his notes and marks a red X for the secret location of his buried treasure, only to come back another time to claim it.
Today we have a treasure map of our own, though with physical markers on the treasure map missing, due to earth changes, droughts, floods, etc. making the task near impossible. Impossible or not, the importance of finding the location of the Garden of Eden has caused scholars, archaeologists, scientists, and anyone with a bit of care, to seek out its location.
Why is the Garden of Eden of any significance? For many reasons, some listed below, each one warranting its own deep research and attention. All will be discussed in the future.
1) God planted it (Genesis 2:8)
2) In the middle was the tree of life (Genesis 2:9)
3) In the middle was the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:9)
4) God took the man and put him in the garden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15)
5) Disobedience in the form of eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3)
For any and all of the reasons, finding the location of the Garden of Eden is huge. Its important for many reasons, for historical and archeological, not just theological reasons.
The information provided to us begins in Genesis 2:10–14 where it lists four rivers in relation to the garden of Eden: Pishon, Gihon, the Tigris, and the Euphrates.