Entrance to the Garden of Eden
Many of you are probably wondering what my Avatar has to do with my blog, Eden’s Garden Club. I’m not really a club in the sense that you must “join” or be “initiated” into it; but that of my vision to speak to a community of people that share similar beliefs in nature and returning to a more natural way of life. Living purposefully within what we can each do individually, in our families, in our circle of influence, or collectively to return America, and the world, back to the basics.
The photo above is from within The Cave of Machpelah, commonly known as The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Israel (called Shechem in the book of Acts). Situated in the West Bank, it is the cave adjacent to the field which Abraham purchased to bury Sarah, as written about in Gen. 23:17. Within the ancient buildings is one of the two known entrances to the cave beneath.
The Zohar, a ancient Jewish text, states this is “the very entrance way to the Garden of Eden”. Jewish Midrash is a body of interpretative text on Torah, based on stories from ancient Jewish sages; it also states that the Patriarch’s were buried in the cave because it was the threshold of the Garden of Eden. Jewish tradition holds Adam and Eve were buried in the cave, thus the reason Abraham wished to purchase this specific plot of land.
Whether you believe in Bible texts, Jewish tradition, the accuracy of other ancient texts, or are even spiritually persuaded at all, I found it fascinating and loved learning more about Biblical history. I spent nearly 2 weeks in Israel the summer of 2013; it was a trip that I was not expecting ever taking nor will I ever forget!