Babylon, and Nineveh. [2 PT. a Reissue of Babylon and the Banks of the Euphrates, and Nineveh and the Tigris]

Babylon, and Nineveh. [2 PT. a Reissue of Babylon and the Banks of the Euphrates, and Nineveh and the Tigris]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...account of the garden of Eden, its position being defined as "towards," or "before Assyria," according to the correct rendering of the passage; and secondly, in Daniel's relation of one of his visions, when he speaks of " the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel," as its scene. Viscount Pollington, in 1838, found the sacred name still its ordinary designation among some of the wanderers on its banks; and the final dekel of the Hebrew has some analogy to the Arabic Dijeil, or Diglah, at present its most common local designation. Rabbinical commentators interpret the compound term Hiddekel, as signifying sharp or quick, and light or swift; and the opinion is ancient and general, that the river was so called from the impetuosity of its flow. In like manner, the name adopted from the Greeks and Romans by the western nations, that of the Tigris, has the same meaning and reference expressly ascribed to it by Pliny. The derivation of this term is quite uncertain; but in the Zend and Pehlevi, the remains of the ancient Median language, tadjed signifies to flow, or rush rapidly, and in the Kurd and Persian languages, Tir denotes an arrow, a javelin, the usual emblems of swiftness. Owing to the fertility promoted by numerous canals leading off its waters, the Arabs frequently style it Nahar-as-salam, " the river of peace or prosperity," Bagdad being also called Medinat-as-salam, "the town of peace or prosperity." The statements of some travellers are at variance with the hereditary fame of the river for swiftness. Delia Valle remarks, that when he first saw it in October, at the village of Imam Musa, above Bagdad, the current was not flowing Bo rapidly as that of the Euphrates. Mignan's testimony is...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236513622
  • 9781236513625