Garden of Eden

Mark your location on a wall map of the world with a wet erase marker (if the map is laminated) or a map pin.

Ask each child to mark their favorite place to visit, longest trip taken, etc.

After each child has placed a mark on the world map, ask if anyone can locate the lands described in the Bible.

Use a marker to draw a square around the lands of the Bible.

Tape up a map of the Bible Lands and explain that this map is an enlargement of the square you drew on the world map.  We use a laminated map from Rose Publishing titled "The Middle East, Then and Now."

Even though no one knows for sure where the Garden of Eden was located, the Bible does contain a few facts about its location.  Ask a student to mark the facts on the map as the class reads the verses from the Bible.

Genesis 2:8.  The garden was in the east.  Since the author was probably in the land of Israel at the time, this indicates the garden was east of the land of Israel.

A river divided into four rivers at the garden.

Genesis 2:11.  The location of the Pishon river is not known today.  Neither is the location of the land of Havilah.

Genesis 2:13.  The location of the Gihon river is not known today.  Neither is the location of the land of Cush.

Genesis 2:14.  The Tigris river and the Euphrates river flows through modern day Iraq.

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