I was raised in a family of pastors, and Bible reading was mandatory. One of the first stories my father narrated to me from an early age was that of Eve and Adam. He taught me valuable lessons from this story, including the importance of obedience. One of the questions that I remember asking him was, “Where did Adam and Eve live?”
Genesis 2:8 mentions that God planted a garden called Eden, and he put the man he had formed in it. The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve were the first humans to be created, and they lived in the Garden of Eden. Christians imply that the Garden of Eden was a perfect place with food and was surrounded by rivers (Genesis 2:10).
In this article, I urge you to join me as we look at the home of Eve and Adam. Read on to discover where Eve and Adam came from and much more!
Where did Adam and Eve come from?
According to Genesis 1:26, God created Eve and Adam. Eve and Adam were the first humans to live on Earth. They were our first parents, and since they were created as adults, they did not go through childhood like every other human.
Genesis 2:7 tells us that God created Adam from dust and breathed into his nostrils. And God soon realized that Adam was lonely, so he created a helper for him. According to Genesis 2:21, God formed Eve from one of Adam’s ribs when he was asleep.
In which part of the world did Adam and Eve start their lives?
Genesis 2:8 tells us that after God created Eve and Adam, he placed them in the Garden of Eden. This verse describes Eden as a garden in the East. Though the Bible does not clearly state which part of the world our first parents started their lives in, many Biblical scholars speculate that they first lived in Iraq.
The Bible mentions that there was a river surrounding the Garden, and it split into four. Genesis 2: 10-14 tells us that the first river was Pishon, and it flowed around the land of Havilah, and the second river was Gihon which flowed around the land of Cush. The third river was Tigris, which flowed east of Assyria, while the last was Euphrates.
Based on this description, theologians imply that Eden, where Eve and Adam lived, was probably located in the Persian Gulf in South Mesopotamia, where Euphrates and Trigris run into the sea. This region is now Iraq.
Where did Adam and Eve live after leaving the Garden of Eden?
The Bible is silent on where Eve and Adam lived after they were banished from the Garden of Eden. What it makes clear is that after they took the forbidden fruit, God placed an angel with a flaming sword in the Garden of Eden so that they could not return (Genesis 3:24). After leaving the Garden, the Bible proceeds with the story of the birth of the sons of Eve and Adam, Abel, and Cain.
Due to a lack of biblical evidence, people have come up with different theories to explain where Eve and Adam lived after being kicked out of the Garden. Some suggest they lived in the Cave of Treasures, while others speculate that Adam landed in Sri Lanka and Eve in Jeddah. The Bible clarifies that Adam did not die immediately after leaving the Garden of Eden since he lived 930 years and then died (Genesis 5:5).
What continent were Adam and Eve on first?
Since most Biblical scholars speculate that the Garden of Eden was in modern-day Iraq, they argue that Eve and Adam lived in southwestern Asia. However, this is a theory with no Biblical evidence. The Bible does not clearly state the continent where our first parents lived but mentions that it was surrounded by rivers Gihon, Pishon, Tigris, and Euphrates.
Some Biblical scholars imply that Eden means a paradise or a place of pleasure. They picture the Garden of Eden as a perfect land where God’s presence was felt (Genesis 3:8). The Bible also says that when God created Eve and Adam, he gave them the blessing to subdue the Earth and rule over every creature that moved on the ground (Genesis 1:28)
Was the Garden of Eden in Africa?
Only God knows the true location of the Garden of Eden. Due to the lack of a Biblical record of its location, some people speculate it was in Africa, while others suggest it was in Iraq. Those who oppose that the Garden of Eden was in Iraq argue that if it was indeed in Iraq, then it would have been found by now.
Those that imply that the Garden of Eden was in Africa argue that the Bible says that the Garden was in the East. According to the world map, Africa is located in the East. Scientists speculate that all humans share one common ancestry with Africans that lived between 150,000 and 200.00 years ago.
What part of Africa did Adam and Eve come from?
There is nowhere in the Bible that states that Eve and Adam came from Africa. However, some historians speculate that our first parents came from Botswana. Some scientists suggest that the Garden of Eden, where Eve and Adam were placed, sat in the Kalahari desert. They imply that this was once a wetland that provided the first humans with everything they needed to thrive, including food.
Scientists have tried to support their theory by analyzing people’s DNA in Botswana and neighboring regions like South Africa and Namibia. Despite their efforts to determine the exact location of the Garden of Eden, there is no conclusive evidence to show that Eve and Adam came from Botswana.
As a devout Christian, I have always been passionate about the Christian faith. This inspired me to pursue a degree in Religious studies and a Masters in Theology in college. I have also been privileged to teach 4 Christian courses in a college and university. Since I am dedicated to spreading the word of God, I am actively involved in the Church. Additionally, I share his word online and cover diverse topics on the Christian faith through my platform. You can read more about me on the about us page.