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Meaning and etymology of the name Parat

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Parat is the fourth of four rivers in Eden (the others being Pishon, Gihon, and Haddakel - Genesis 2:10-14). Even though most translations mention this river by its modern and New Testament name Euphrates (meaning Good Parat), the Old Testament consistently reads Parat.

The name Parat comes most likely from the verb para (para), bear fruit, be fruitful. Derivative peri (peri) is the regular word for fruit. The name Parat is identical to the word fruitful in the sentence 'Joseph is a fruitful son, a fruitful son by a spring' of Genesis 49:22. This is remarkable because the name of Joseph's younger son Ephraim is also derived of the verb para.

The name Parat means Fruitful. Neither NOBS Study Bible Name List nor Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names treats Parat, but for Euphrates, NOBS reads That Which Makes Fruitful, and Jones reads Fruitfulness.



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