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Gihon (river)

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GIHON (RIVER) gī’ hŏn (גִּיחֹ֑ון; LXX Γαών, a bursting forth). One of the four “heads” into which the river of Eden divided after leaving the Garden (Gen 2:10-14). Suggested identifications of the Gihon include the rivers Araxes, the Nile, the Shatt el-Hai, the Karun, and even a Babylonian canal. All such identifications seem to overlook the fact that the Tigris and Euphrates, two of the other “heads,” do not flow out of a common source; hence the account does not literally fit today’s geography. (Cf. Ecclus 24:27.)