One of the rivers of Paradise. Its modern name is Tigris. See EDEN, and EUPHRATES.
called by the Accadians id Idikla; i.e., "the river of Idikla", the third of the four rivers of Paradise (Ge 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.
Tigris. A river of Eden, going "eastward to Assyria" (Ge 2:14). (See EDEN.) "The great river" (Da 10:4). From hai "lively," and digla "an arrow," in early Babylonian; equivalent to Tigra in Aryan. Now called by the Arabs Dijleh.
The river Tigris, mentioned as the third river of Paradise (Ge 2:14), and as 'the great river' by the side of which Daniel had his vision (Da 10:4). The Heb. Hiddeqel was taken from the Babylonian name for the Tigris, Idiglat or Diglat, which was in turn derived from its Sumerian name, Idigna.
L. W. King.
(rapid), one of the rivers of Eden, the river which "goeth eastward to Assyria,"
and which Daniel calls "the great river,"
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.
HIDDEKEL. See EDEN.