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Where was Eden - Was it actually in Israel?
The issue is irrelevant to some, but it actually influences Biblical hermeneutics in ways in ways you might never imagine. If you are interested in exploring the issue, check out this web site defending Eden???s Israeli location. The site deals with the Scientific, Historical, and Biblical foundations for this perspective, and can be viewed at:

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* Science ??? Geology model, Mitochondrial Eve and the genetic arguments for the humanities first parents, etc
* History ??? Rabbinic Tradition, Eden in the Apocrypha, Archetypes in Religion and Mythology
* Bible ??? Eden and Israel to be defined by the same boundaries, Eden and the Temple, etc

The last article posted is very interested, and is about the Sumerian location of a place they called Dilmun ??? the worlds most ancient version of Eden. They follow the exploits of Gilgamesh to discover Dilmun???s homeland, and what would become the path of Abraham. You can review this article here:
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The question is, "If Eden was in Israel, how does this effect the way we understand the rest of scripture?"
The first three chapters of Genesis are far more than unassuming folklore, devised to amuse and instruct our youth with mythological tails of earth's origins, and humanities fall from innocence. In the context of Eden's Israeli location, they are a mountain cast into a calm sea! They are the first wave, which moves and ripples throughout the pages of scripture, and echoes into the heart of the Adam in all of us. They are a roadmap that permeates the Bible and is entrenched into our very sub consciousness, providing landmarks and beacons to chart our way back home.

Just some of the implications can of this Eden in Israel proposition can be found here:
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