|hid'-e-kel (sharp voice; sound)
RELATED: Eden, Tigris
Easton's Bible Dictionary
called by the Accadians id Idikla; i.e., "the river of
Idikla", the third of the four rivers of Paradise ( Genesis
2:14 ). Gesenius interprets the word as meaning "the rapid Tigris." The Tigris
rises in the mountains of Armenia, 15 miles south of the source of the Euphrates,
which, after pursuing a south-east course, it joins at Kurnah, about 50 miles
above Bassorah. Its whole length is about 1,150 miles.
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
sharp voice; sound
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(rapid) One of the rivers of Eden, the river which "goeth
eastward to Assyria," ( Genesis
2:14 ) and which Daniel calls "the great river," ( Daniel
10:4 ) seems to have been rightly identified by the LXX. with the Tigris.
Dekel is clearly an equivalent of Digla or Dighath, a name borne by the Tigris
in all ages. The name now in use among the inhabitants of Mesopotamia is Dijleh.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
One of the rivers of EDEN (which see) (Genesis
2:14, the Revised Version margin "that is, Tigris"; so Septuagint Tigris),
said to flow East to Assyria, usually identified with the Tigris, which rises
in Armenia near Lake Van and, after flowing Southeast through 8 degrees of latitude,
joins the Euphrates in Babylonia to form the Shatt el-'Arab, which runs for 100
miles through a delta which has been formed since the time of Abraham, and now
enters the Persian Gulf through 2 branches. About one-third of the distance below
its source, and soon after it emerges from the mountains of Kurdistan, the Tigris
passes by Mosul, the site of ancient Nineveh, and, lower down at Bagdad, approaches
within a few miles of the Euphrates. Here and for many miles below, since the
level is lower than that of the Euphrates, numerous canals are conducted to it,
irrigating the most fertile portions of Babylonia.
George Frederick Wright
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