means those four rivers; especially as to Geon or Nile, which
arises from the east, while he very well knew the literal Nile arises from
the south; though what further allegorical sense he had in view, is now,
I fear, impossible to be determined.
which ran round about the whole earth, and was parted into four parts.
And Phison, which denotes a multitude, running into India, makes its exit
into the sea, and is by the Greeks called Ganges. Euphrates also, as well
as Tigris, goes down into the Red Sea. By
the Red Sea is not here meant the Arabian Gulf, which alone we now call
by that name, but all that South Sea, which included the Red Sea, and the
Persian Gulf, as far as the East Indies; as Reland and Hudson here truly
note, from the old geographers.
Now the name Euphrates, or Phrath, denotes either a dispersion, or a flower:
by Tiris, or Diglath, is signified what is swift, with narrowness; and
Geon runs through Egypt, and denotes what arises from the east, which the
Greeks call Nile.