3.8 – ALIENS & LOST WORLDS (9.15.11)

THE GARDEN OF EDEN [9f]

The Middle East. For centuries, archaeologists, theologians, and scholars have debated the location – and even the existence of the ultimate of all lost worlds – the biblical “Garden of Eden.” It was here, according to the Hebrew Book of Genesis, that a paradise once existed – a paradise where the first human beings, Adam and Eve, were actually created by God. But could such a paradise, now shrouded in myth and legend, have actually been a real place?

“When we’re looking at the Garden of Eden we know there is actually a physical description as to where it was. It is set at four very specific rivers, came from it, over near it. So, we can actually go in search of this.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“Two of these rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, are well known and actually run through what is Iraq today. The other two rivers that are described are not very clear.”

Robert Mullins, Ph.D. (Archaeologist)

Researchers now believe the third river, known as the Karun River, runs through Iran and joins the Euphrates just north of the Persian Gulf. Then, in 2010, satellite imagery revealed a fossil river, or dry riverbed, called the Wadi Baton, that once flowed through northern Arabia and also joined with the Euphrates. Could these two rivers have been the location of the Pishon and Gihon rivers – the lost rivers mentioned in the Bible – that point to the actual location of the Garden of Eden?

“When you read the account in the Genesis it says that the four rivers form one river. So, very careful reading indicates that the two rivers which are today in Iraq, Tigris and Euphrates, and the one which is in Iran, the Karun and a false river, in Arabia, and then when you join them up to form one river that is the approximate location of northern Persian Gulf.”

Juris Zarins, Ph.D. (Archaeologist, Missouri State Univ.)

And according to the Bible, that one river flowed through the Garden of Eden.

“And so, based upon Landsat images and a close reading of the Hebrew text, I think that the location of the Garden of Eden is under the waters of the Persian Gulf and not on land.”

Juris Zarins, Ph.D. (Archaeologist, Missouri State Univ.)

Scientists believe that during the last Ice Age, the polar ice caps were two miles high and ocean levels were 170 feet lower than they today. Recent studies suggest the area of the Persian Gulf would have been a dry, fertile plain the size of Great Britain, providing an ideal refuge to some of the earliest humans outside Africa nearly 75,000 years ago. But as the ice caps melted over the course of thousands of years, the waters of what is now the Indian Ocean flooded the land and formed the Persian Gulf.

“During that long period, there were at least three episodes of very, very major flooding. When you would be looking at 30 or 40 foot rises in sea level, virtually overnight.”

Graham Hancock (Author, Fingerprints of the Gods)

Might a great flood – perhaps the one described in the biblical story of Noah’s Ark, really be responsible for the disappearance of the so-called “Garden of Eden”? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe it is not only possible, but that the proof can be found by studying ancient Sumerian texts. The earliest known civilization of Sumer dates to 5,000 BC, and their first settlement in southern Mesopotamia was called Eridu.

“The ancient Sumerians have a wonderful story. They believe that they had lived in an area that was probably to the south of what is today Sumer. And the reason we know that is because they said they came out of the sea.”

Juris Zarins, Ph.D. (Archaeologist, Missouri State Univ.)

Ancient cuneiform writings that have survived on clay tablets suggest the Sumerians had been brought to Eridu by their god Enki. The cuneiform texts also describe an alien race named the Anunnaki who came to Earth and created the first modern human beings.

“Adam in Sumerian or a very early form of Sumerian, means ‘a small rural settlement.’ ‘Eve,’ however, isn’t Sumerian. ‘Eve’ in Arabic and the Semitic languages means ‘one who gives birth.’ The word ‘Eden’ is a pre-Sumerian word and it means ‘plain.’”

Juris Zarins, Ph.D. (Archaeologist, Missouri State Univ.)

But, according to Ancient Astronaut Theory, the Sumerian accounts may actually refer to a more ancient time, and to a distant fertile plain now lost under the waters of the Persian Gulf.

“Now the question is this, was the Garden of Eden really some kind of laboratory where certain things were created by the ancient scientists of their day? Well, if mankind was created in a Garden of Eden, then clearly whoever was creating this wasn’t a human being, it was somebody else.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“So is it possible that the Garden of Eden was located here on planet Earth? Yes, but was it a specific geographic location? I’m not sure. Personally, I’m leaning more towards the idea that the Garden of Eden was some type of a closed environment somewhere in nature, but it definitely was some type of a laboratory from where modern man originated.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Is it really possible that the first humans were created by extraterrestrial beings in what is referred to in the Bible as a “Garden of Eden”? If so, has the evidence existed all along, on the cuneiform tablets of the ancient Sumerians? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe the answer is a definite yes. And there are those who believe that such an incredible notion is not only possible, but that the proof lies in the further investigation of lost civilizations and ancient worlds – an investigation that will not only uncover our past, but reveal our future.

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