There’s no better way to convey the variety of interpretations of Gen. 2:10-14 than via the time-honored mad lib. In tribute to the form’s inventor, Leonard B. Stern, who died this week, a new version of the Bible’s geographical description of the Garden of Eden. Now I have to figure out how to get Gen. 2:10-14 included in this collection of other Bible Mad Libs.
A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four [plural noun]. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that [verb] [preposition] the [type of place] of Havilah, where there is [valuable substance]; and the [valuable substance] of that land is [adjective]; [natural resource] and [valuable substance] are there. The name of the second [body of water] is Gihon; it is the one that [verb] [preposition] the [type of place] of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris, which [verb] [preposition] of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.