[b-hebrew] Historical origin of Eden

Read, James C K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Fri Oct 7 16:52:09 EDT 2005


I am particularly interested in your recent claims that head of nile river is 
more plausible candidate for biblical garden of eden.

I have recently seen a documentary, 'The Real Eve', where a genetic scientist 
traces all women back to an original Mother in the East of Africa. She did 
this by means of an anomaly whereby mitochondrial DNA is handed down from 
mother to daughter only and not from father to daughter. Her research shows 
that all mankind came from East Africa and that all the worlds races came from 
splitting groups in Arabia after migrating from East Africa. The documentary 
claims that the human family would have had to cross over the red sea into 
Arabia from East Africa as the desert was far too unforgiving.

However, I believe that the Nile river with it's source of fresh water would 
have been a much more forgiving route through the desert. No doubt during the 
long journey our ancestors would have passed down their memories of the lush 
tropics at the head of the Nile river and this would explain why all the world's 
cultures seem to have a story about a golden age which involves some kind of 
paradisaic conditions where everything grows in abundance.

I've been looking at the area of the head of the Nile river with maps.google.co.uk 
which gives nice satellite images, and the lush area seems a much stronger 
candidate than the arid babylonia.
I am interested in your theories on the four rivers that flow out of the garden 
of Eden.

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