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The name Euphrates in the Bible

The Euphrates is the single most dominant river of the Bible, even more dominant than the Nile or the Jordan. In the Old Testament this river is called Parat, and as such it is mentioned as early as Genesis 2, where it is one of the four rivers of Eden (the others being Pishon, Gihon, and Haddakel).

The Euphrates even plays a roll in the events surrounding the last days. Four angels that are said to be bound at the Euphrates are to be released under the sixth trumpet (Revelation 9:14). The angel associated with the sixth bowl targets the Euphrates so that it dries up (Revelation 16:12).

Etymology of the name Euphrates

The Greek name Euphrates consists of two elements. The first part is the adverb ευ, meaning good, well, noble:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

The second part of the name Euphrates is a transliteration of the Hebrew name for this river: פרת, Parat. The latter name derives from the Hebrew verb פרה (para), meaning to be fruitful:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Euphrates meaning

The name Euphrates means Good Parat or Good Bountiful One. For a meaning of the name Euphrates, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads That Which Makes Fruitful, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Fruitfulness.

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