According to the 2nd Book of Enoch, the Garden of Eden is not on Earth, but in the 3rd Heaven (II Enoch 8-9:1)

by Jason Corning
(Wenatchee, WA)




This tree is of ineffable goodness and fragrance...Its root is in the garden at the Earth’s end. And Paradise is between corruptibility and incorruptibility. And two springs come out...and they separate into four parts, and go round with quiet course, and go down into the PARADISE OF EDEN, between corruptibility and incorruptibility. And thence they go forth along the Earth, and have a revolution to their circle even as other Elements. And here there is no unfruitful tree, and every place is blessed.

- II Enoch 8:3-8
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Ancient Jewish Tradition states that Mount Sinai was not really a different name for Mount Horeb, but a completely different, supernatural mountain placed there by God for the the specific task of giving the Ten Commandments and the rest of the Law to Moses and the Israelites.

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There are three hundred angels very bright, who keep the garden, and with incessant sweet singing and never-silent voices serve the LORD throughout all days and hours.

- II Enoch 8:9
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Likewise, it is said that after the exile from the Garden, Eden withdrew its presence from the Earth and was then subsumed into the Seven Heavens. In the Book of the Secrets of Enoch (II Enoch), the Garden of Eden is described as being located in the 3rd Heaven. It reads as follows:


Chapter 8, VIII
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(1) And those men took me thence, and led me up on to the third heaven, and placed me there; and I looked downwards, and saw the produce of these places, such as has never been known for goodness. (2) And I saw all the sweet-flowering trees and beheld their fruits, which were sweet-smelling, and all the foods borne (by them) bubbling with fragrant exhalation.

(3) And in the midst of the
trees that of life, in that place whereon the LORD rests, when he goes up into paradise; and this tree is of ineffable goodness and fragrance, and adorned more than every existing thing; and on all sides (it is) in form gold-looking and vermilion and fire-like and covers all, and it has produce from all fruits.

(4) Its root is in the garden at the earth’s end. (5) And paradise is between corruptibility and incorruptibility. (6) And two springs come out which send forth honey and milk, and their springs send forth oil and wine, and they separate into four parts, and go round with quiet course, and go down into the PARADISE OF EDEN, between corruptibility and incorruptibility.

(7) And thence they go forth along the earth, and have a revolution to their circle even as other elements. (8) And here there is no unfruitful tree, and every place is blessed. (9) And (there are) three hundred angels very bright, who keep the garden, and with incessant sweet singing and never-silent voices serve the LORD throughout all days and hours. (10) And I said: How very sweet is this place, and those men said to me:

Chapter 9, IX
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(1) This place, O Enoch, is prepared for the righteous, who endure all manner of offence from those that exasperate their souls, who avert their eyes from iniquity, and make righteous judgment, and give bread to the hungering, and cover the naked with clothing, and raise up the fallen, and help injured orphans, and who walk without fault before the face of the LORD, and serve him alone, and for them is prepared this place for eternal inheritance.

- II Enoch 8:1-7, 9:1

SOURCE: The Book of the Secrets of Enoch (2 Enoch), Pseudepigrapha.com (http://www.pseudepigrapha.com/pseudepigrapha/enochs2.htm)

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by: Anonymous

The Garden was still on earth after the fall according to scriptures. God placed a Cherub with a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life lest the man put forth his hand and ate from it and live for ever. So, the Garden was still here. It seems it was still on earth until after the flood when it was obviously destroyed. However, no man saw it again after the Fall as the entrance was guarded.

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by: Anonymous

My sentiments is that Enoch is completely correct. The garden of Eden was on earth between the four rivers and before man became corrupt. However after the corruption of man the garden was removed from earth and taken (back) to heaven

That is how I interpreted Enoch and how I see it.

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According to the 2nd Book of Enoch, the Garden of Eden is not on Earth, but in the 3rd Heaven (II Enoch 8-9:1)
by: Louis (London)

At creation, Heaven was joined to the earth. The Garden of Eden was on earth (River Euphrates and the land of Cush are still here with us) but was not different from life in Heaven. God walked in the Garden. He will walk again in the New Creation, the New Heaven and the New Earth. The book of Revelations clearly indicates that this will be re-instated. The New Jerusalem appears to mirror what the Garden of Eden was like before it was lost after the Fall of Man.

Enoch was right. However, the interpretation by the writer has to take note that Enoch lived after the Fall of man on earth, and when the Garden had been lost.

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