1. Introduction

The location of modern day Havilah 2341 is a tough question to answer, but let us reveiw the texts about the creation and location of the Pison River:

And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted/H6504/parad and became into four heads (H7218/ro’sh) The name of the first [is] Pison/Piyshown/H6376: that [is] it which compasseth the whole land of  Havilah 2341, where [there is] gold

And the gold of that land [is] good: there [is] bdellium and the onyx stone (Genesis 2: 8 – 12).

2. Location of ancient Havilah 2341

Scriptures gave us the location of ancient Havilah 2341 . We noted in the previous post that  Havilah was located on the western border of Ishmael’s territory while Shur (Suez)  was on the East.    The maps that I have examined show that Havilah is also to the north west of Saudi Arabia/the Arabian Peninsula.

And these [are] the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people

And they dwelt from  Havilah 2341 unto  Shur 7793, that [is] before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria  (Genesis 25: 17 & 18).

And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah 2341 [until] thou comest to Shur7793, that [is] over against Egypt (1 Samuel 15: 7).

And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months

And David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites: for those [nations were] of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou goest to Shur7793, even unto the land of Egypt (1 Samuel 27: 7 & 8).


3. Is  Yementhe Land of Havilah 2341?

Strong’s in blueletterbible.org, says that Havilah 2341 is probably

“a district in Arabia of the Ishmaelites named from the 2nd son of Cush; probably the district of Kualan, in the northwestern part of Yemen.”

However, a map of the Middle East shows that Yemen is located South rather than North East of the Saudia Arabian Peninsula.

Keep in mind that scriptures also associated ancient Assyria with Havilah 2341 . Maybe Ishmael’s territory covered some of this region. The Kingdom of Assyria encompassed different geographic locations during history depending on conquest and it was generally located:

in  ancient times in northern Mesopotamia. Ancient Mesopotamia was situated in the area of land that is defined by the great Tigris and Euphrates river system and that is modern Iraq or in the area of  northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey (Encyclopediabritannia.com).

Therefore, we can safely say that Yemen cannot be the Land of Havilah.

Middle East

Ishmael’s territory – Shur in Northeast Egypt going towards ancient Assyria which is now encompassed by Iraq and Havilah on the North Eastern border (possibly) of the Saudi Arabian Peninsula.

I believe that we can safely say that Havilah 2341 is more likely to be one of those nations in the North Eastern area of the Arabian Peninsula.  

Where is Havilah in the Map of Saudi Arabia

Havilah is more likely to be one of the nations in the North Eastern part of the Saudia Arabian Peninsula

4.  The bdellium produced by the Land of Havilah

According to Genesis 2: 12, the Land ofHavilah 2341  is noted for gold… bdellium and the onyx stone (Genesis 2: 8 – 12).

Strong’s in blueletterbible.com defined bdellium is gum resin of a tree which grows in Arabia, Iraq and India.  However, since bdellium  comes from the root word badal which means separated, just like the meaning of the Pison, he concurs that bdellium could refer to pearls,  which originate from the oyster.

The bdellium (from the root word separated) more likely refers to the pearl, which is produced by the oyster (note the separation of the shells)

This is arguably the more reasonable explanation since gold and onyx are precious jewels and the bdellium or pearl was listed among them in Genesis 2: 12.

More to come. Blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection.