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1 3 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.” Although not all four rivers mentioned can be
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located on the map, two rivers (Tigris and Euphrates) were the borders of what is known to be Ancient Mesopotamia and more currently can be located running through modern Turkey, Syria and Iraq. This positions the Garden of Eden, where life began, within the defined parameters of the Near East. Therefore, the beginning of Jewish history and tradition has its roots in the near east. The religion of Judaism started with Abraham, making him the patriarch of all Jews. “The Bible identifies the Israelites as God’s chosen people” beginning with God calling Abraham to . The Lord gave him the land of Canaan and promised him a nation as numerous as the stars, . It is stated that the land promised to Abraham for his nation would be the land between what is assumed to be the river Nile, (The river of Egypt) and the Euphrates river in Genesis 15:18 “ 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,”” . The parameters of these rivers fall within the boundaries of our defined near east. Jesus, believed by many to be the prophesized Messiah that will bring salvation for all, marks the beginning of Christianity as a religion. The religion of Christianity commenced with
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