@MStrauss in line with the topic here, I am soliciting a response after reading your article
There are biblical references to the “people of Eden” (see 2 Kings 19:12, Is 37:12).
“Trees,” nations, were in the garden of God (Ez 31:9). Some were “driven out” (Ez 31:11). The “trees of Eden” – nations of peoples – were brought low (Ez 31:18).
We are not told how long Adam and Eve were in the garden. Their mandate was to populate and subdue the planet. They may have borne many children with little or no effort on Eve’s part. Families, tribes, nations may have increased in number. As the heads of those families rebelled, they and their offspring would have been expelled from the garden. It may have been that lastly, after an unknown span of time, Adam and Eve sinned and were cast out. After great effort in birthing Cain outside the garden, Eve may have experienced a physical and psychological attachment to her offspring for the first time, thus evoking a verbal exclamation that she had acquired a man from the Lord.
Simply put, the people outside the garden may have been Adam and Eve’s offspring. Can you comment on that thought?