10 And a river went out of
to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. Eden
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole
, where there is gold; land of Havilah
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole
. land of Ethiopia
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of
Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
CommentaryThis is the only description of pre-Flood geology given in the Bible.
What we have here is a river come four rivers parting from a single river that went through
. The first two of these rivers are called the Pison and Gihon. Despite the decryptions of their locations they do not match any post Flood rivers. The third is called the Hiddekel, which is another name for the Eden Tigris. The forth is called Euphrates, but no location is given.
The decryption of these four pre Flood rivers having parted from a single river does both match the present world. This consistent with the considerable geologic change thought to have occurred during the Genesis Flood.
As a result these pre Flood rivers can not be the same as any post Flood rives. It is common in history that when people move into a new area, that they name the new locations after old. So Noah's descendants probably named the post Flood Tigris and Euphrates for pre Flood Tigris and
This view is consistent with the tablet theory since Adam would have written this account early in the pre Flood period.