A river which rises in the northern part of Mesopotamia, and flows first southeast, then south and southwest, into the Euphrates. It was called Chaboras by the Greeks; now Khabour. On its fertile banks Nebuchadnezzar located a part of the captive Jews, and here the sublime visions of Ezekiel took place, Eze 1:3; 3:15; 10:15; 43:3.
length, a river in the "land of the Chaldeans" (Eze 1:3), on the banks of which were located some of the Jews of the Captivity (Eze 1:1; 3:15,23; 10:15,20,22). It has been supposed to be identical with the river Habor, the Chaboras, or modern Khabour, which falls into the Euphrates at Circesium. To the banks of this river some of the Israelites were removed by the Assyrians (2Ki 17:6). An opinion that has much to support it is that the "Chebar" was the royal canal of Nebuchadnezzar, the Nahr Malcha, the greatest in Mesopotamia, which connected the Tigris with the Euphrates, in the excavation of which the Jewish captives were probably employed.
A river of Chaldaea, where Ezekiel saw his earlier visions (Eze 1:1,3; 3:15,23). Nebuchadnezzar had planted many of the captives taken with Jehoiachin there (2Ki 24:15). The Habor or river of Gozan, where the Assyrians planted the Israelites (2Ki 17:6), is conjectured to be the same. The Greek Chaboras. It flows into the Euphrates at Circesium. But the name Chaldaea does not reach so far N. More probably the Chebar is the nahr Malcha, Nebuchadnezzar's royal canal, the greatest (chabeer means great) in Mesopotamia. The captives may have been made to excavate the channel. Tradition places Ezekiel's tomb at Keffil, which favors our placing Chebar in Chaldaea, rather than upper Mesopotamia.
A canal in Babylonia (Eze 1:1 ff.) beside which the principal colony of the first Exile of Judah was planted. It has been identified by the Pennsylvania expedition with the canal Kabaru, named in cuneiform documents of the time of Artaxerxes i. It apparently lay to the east of Nippur. The name means 'great.' Hence for 'the river Chebar' we may read 'the Grand Canal.'
J. F. McCurdy.
The river in the land of the Chaldeans, near to which Ezekiel was dwelling, when some of his visions were revealed to him. Eze 1:1,3; 3:15; etc. Some identify it with the Habor, but this is only conjecture, and others consider the Habor to be much too far north.
(length), a river in the "land of the Chaldeans."
etc. It is commonly regarded as identical with the Habor,
and perhaps the Royal Canal of Nebuchadnezzar, --the greatest of all the cuttings in Mesopotamia.