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Genesis 2:8 – God Planted a Garden — In Heaven?

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Yahweh God planted a garden eastward, in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed. — Genesis 2:8, World English Bible version.

According to some, the Hebrew word gan, translated by most translations as “garden”, means “heaven”. The Hebrew word “gan” is one of the words that can also be translated as “paradise”. The Septuagint renders the Hebrew word “gan” as Greek “paradeisos”, from which the English word “paradise” is derived.

Some have assumed that Adam and Eve, when cast out of the Garden, or Paradise, of Eden, were actually cast out from heaven. The reason for this argument is that they wish to make it appear that what Adam lost when he disobeyed is life in heaven, so that they make it correspond in some vague manner to the immortal soul doctrine, and to their false hope of going to heaven when they die.

Needless to say, there is nothing in the Bible about this Garden as being in heaven, but the record does definitely refer to Adam’s body as created from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7), and therefore here on the earth, not in heaven. Additionally, the verse speaks of this Garden as being planted in East, on earth. We also find that the garden is located in the context of two rivers, again on the earth, not in heaven. The apostle Paul tells us that “the first man is of the earth, made of dust.” — 1 Corinthians 15:47.


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