Places in the Bible Today:

Eden 1


Translated NamesEden, Garden of Eden
NotesNelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014) (Eden) alludes to Seychelles
Geo Data KML (for Google Earth)
GeoJSON (for GIS applications)

6 Possible Identifications

  1. unknown location: 55% confidence
  2. in Armenia (modern): 20% confidence
    1. panorama of a valley in Armeniain Armenia

  3. in Babylonia (ancient): 15% confidence
    1. Ishtar gate from Babylonin Babylonia

  4. within 200 km of Ur 2 (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. ruins at Tell el Muqayyarwithin 200 km of Tell el Muqayyar

  5. in Canaan (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. panorama of a region in Canaan from Mount Taborin Canaan

  6. in Egypt (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. pyramids of Giza in Egyptin Egypt

Verses (13)

Gen-Deut (6)
Gen 2:8, 2:10, 2:15, 3:23, 3:24, 4:16
Job-Mal (7)
Isa 51:3
Ezek 28:13, 31:9, 31:16, 31:18, 36:35
Joel 2:3

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookEden (garden) (2007)Eden
OpenBible.infoaf3daeb (Eden 1)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_2132


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Eden, Garden of (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Eden
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Eden
  4. Collins, Genesis 1-4 (2006): pages 119, 120
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Eden (place)
  6. ESV Bible Atlas (2010): map 1-1
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Eden
  8. Hartley, Genesis (2000): 2:10-14 note
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Eden
  10. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Eden
  11. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Gen 2:8-14
  12. Kidner, Genesis (1967): 2:10-14
  13. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Eden, Garden of
  14. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 2:10-14
  15. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Eden
  16. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Eden, Garden of
  17. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Eden, Garden of
  18. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Eden
  19. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007): page 43
  20. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Garden of Eden
  21. Wenham, Genesis (1987, 1994): 2:14 The Location of Eden
  22. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010): Eden
  23. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Eden, Garden of

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (connected by a dotted line) reflects the confidence of an identification over the preceding ten years (e.g., the 2009 dot reflects scholarship from 2000 to 2009), and the corresponding solid line reflects a best-fit line for the identification. Confidences that cluster near or below 0% indicate low confidence. Because of the small dataset, it's best to use this chart for general trends; if one identification is trending much higher than the others (in this case, unknown location), then you can probably have higher confidence in the identification. This chart only reflects the sources I consulted (listed above), not an exhaustive review of the literature.

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Thumbnail Image Credits

Max Dawncat, Radomir Vrbovsky, M.Lubinski from Iraq,USA., Bahnfrend, Ricardo Liberato


This page attempts to identify all the possible locations where this biblical place could be. The confidence levels add up to less than 100%, indicating that the modern location is uncertain. It's best to think about the confidences in relative rather than absolute terms. Often they reflect different schools of thought, each confident in their identifications.

The isobands you see on the map (gray areas with dark borders) attempt to give you confidence where a region is. Because many ancient regions aren't precisely defined, I consulted atlases to determine where the biblical region is located and used that data to build the isobands. The smaller isobands reflect more confidence that the given isoband is in the region, while the larger isobands reflect less confidence. Isobands are a kind of contour line that here indicate confidence levels.