Gilbert House Fellowship #232: Genesis 2:10-3:7

THE TREE in the middle of the garden proved to be a test and a trap—not just for Adam and Eve, but for the serpent as well.

This week, we discuss the location of Eden and explain why it was Jerusalem, based on the identities of the four rivers named in Genesis 2:10-13. We also talk about the relevance of the rivers Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates to ancient cosmology, as reflected in Isaiah 47 and the ancient myth of the descent of Inanna (i.e., Ishtar, Astarte, Aphrodite, Venus, etc.) to the netherworld. 

The we dig into the relationship of Adam and Eve, why the serpent wasn’t a serpent, why the seraphim may be griffins, and why the cherubim are not feminine angels with graceful wings, much less chubby little flying babies.

Here is the link to the article by Dr. Nicolas Wyatt that Derek mentioned, “A Royal Garden: The Ideology of Eden” (link opens PDF document).

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11 Responses to Gilbert House Fellowship #232: Genesis 2:10-3:7

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  2. Beverly Schuck

    Thank you again.

  3. Sue Moore

    at 33:20

    God said if they eat of the tree they will surely die?

    Did Adam and Eve have any concept of death before that? Where did they get their concept of death?

  4. Chris Greene

    I heard you talk about Eyes Wide Shut. Have you seen this?

  5. Ann-Christin Haave

    I listened to this episode today and again, I was so blessed. Thank you so much for doin this study. It means a lot.

  6. holly

    I ve done reading on for a long time . I ve come to ID Inanna as a tranny ‘her’ priests were eunuchs and they put on “rock shows” etc. She is called a goddess but has no feminine attributes she goes around conquering righteous celestial kingdoms and is inspired by lust. She tried to get Gigimsesh to marry her but he turned her down because all her lovers end up castrated or dead.
    Significantly the King list says the Kingship is lowered from Heaven. This happened before the flood and after the flood and when it does everything changes we get new government new laws new science new crafts and arts a new King new plants and new animals and new people!! 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

    3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

    4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
    I love your studies so much thank you for all you do!!

  7. Barbara Floyd

    Very impressed with your wealth of information.Really enjoy listening and learning from you both.Thank you.

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