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Is Gan Eden mentioned in Genesis a physical place? Does it exist physically somewhere on the planet or is it some kind of spiritual place or even some kind of analogy?

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Gan is one place Eden is another place. –  sam Aug 13 '13 at 2:23

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Seemingly from a few gemarahs there are two separate places Gan(earthly) and Eden(no eye has seen,spiritual).Rav Shmuel Bar Nachmani(Berachos 34b,Sanhedrin 99) said Eden(see Maharsha) no eye has seen,gan is where Adom was.There is another gemara in Eiruvin 19 which discuss the location of the entrance of gan Eden.So there is a split of a physical and spiritual location.

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A nice hint to this is in the very simple meaning of Bereishis 2:10 –  gt6989b Aug 13 '13 at 13:31

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