Only since Josephus has already appeared to allegorize this history, and
take notice that these four names had a particular signification; Phison
for Ganges, a multitude; Phrath for Euphrates, either a dispersion or a
flower; Diglath for Tigris, what is swift, with narrowness; and Geon for
Nile, what arises from the east,--we perhaps mistake him when we suppose
he literally means those four rivers; especially as to Geon or Nile, which
arises from the east, while he very well knew the lissible 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 t