Was heaven a place on earth?!

| David Lewis | Religion

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You’ll be surprised… 

In the old testament – and to date in Judaism – Heaven is called the Garden of Eden and its exact location is given in the book of Genesis 2:10: between the rivers Pishon, Gihon, Tigris, and the Euphrates. While the location of the first two was lost in time, the Tigris and Euphrates still flow in modern-day Iraq.

In ancient Judaism, God’s reward for being righteous was not in the afterlife, but in this life; So it made perfect sense that heaven will be a place on earth.  

This theological concept changed during the miserable years of the Persian and Greek occupation of Hollyland when all the Israelites – even the righteous ones – suffered severely. In those years, it did not sit well with reality, hence heaven ascended to the skies and the righteous’ reward was postponed to the afterlife…. kind of a rain check.   

The first written assertion that heaven is NOT a place on earth, but in the skies, is in the book of Enoch which older sections are, indeed, estimated to date from the time of Greek occupation of ancient Israel.  

However, the concept of heaven in the skies is – and apparently always was – a part of the theological Christian dogma as well as the Islamic dogma. 

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And for all of the Garden of Eden enthusiasts, here is some more:

While the Euphrates and the Tigris exact location is known today (they merge into one river in Iraq), there is no consensus on the identity of the Gihon and the Pishon, let alone their location. Many identify these rivers as the Blue and White Nile that originated in Sudan in Victoria lake. This area is identified with the Biblical kingdom of Kush, and is adjacent to the land of Havila that is also identified in the Central African region and is named after one of Kush’s sons.

Other researchers assert that the Gihon River is near the Sumerian city of Kish, which is in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). The famous historian, Joseph Ben Matityahu, identifies the Pishon river with the Ganges in India. Later scholars tend to identify the two lost rivers with rivers in the northern Mesopotamian region (present-day Iraq, Iran, and Turkey), including Sefid and Aras.

According to another theory both were once located in the Persian Gulf and met with the Euphrates and the Tigris. This is supported by recently discovered two ancient dried river beds in an area known to have been very fertile until several millennia ago.

And for all of the Garden of Eden enthusiasts, here is some more:

While the Euphrates and the Tigris exact location is known today (they merge into one river in Iraq), there is no consensus on the identity of the Gihon and the Pishon, let alone their location. Many identify these rivers as the Blue and White Nile that originated in Sudan in Victoria lake. This area is identified with the Biblical kingdom of Kush, and is adjacent to the land of Havila that is also identified in the Central African region and is named after one of Kush’s sons.

Other researchers assert that the Gihon River is near the Sumerian city of Kish, which is in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). The famous historian, Joseph Ben Matityahu, identifies the Pishon river with the Ganges in India. Later scholars tend to identify the two lost rivers with rivers in the northern Mesopotamian region (present-day Iraq, Iran, and Turkey), including Sefid and Aras.

According to another theory both were once located in the Persian Gulf and met with the Euphrates and the Tigris. This is supported by recently discovered two ancient dried river beds in an area known to have been very fertile until several millennia ago.