1. History of the River Gihon

I’m continuing to study the river Gihon that originated in Eden.  In the previous post, I wrote that “The River Eden Parted Into Four Heads” and was fascinated to discover that the River Gihon in Israel was the exact match for the River Gihon in the Book of Genesis:

And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

The name of the first [is] Pison…

And the gold of that land [is] good: there [is] bdellium and the onyx stone.

And the name of the second river [is] Gihon: the same [is] it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia 3568  (Genesis 2: 10 – 14).

Behold, therefore I [am] against thee, and against thy rivers2975, and I will make  the land of Egypt utterly waste [and] desolate, from the tower 4024 of Syene 5482 even unto the border 1366 of Ethiopia 3568 – Ezekiel 29: 10


2. The meaning and imagery of  Gihon is that of  menstrual flow and a fetus breaking forth from the mothers’ womb

Gihon (H1521/Giychown) means “breaking forth.”   In order to understand further about the River Gihon, I went to the root word Giyach (H1518) which is used in reference to

a. an unborn baby breaking forth from the womb

b. breaking forth of the menstrual flow from the womb.

The  comparison of the Gihon to the womb, seems to indicate that the waters originated from an underground, hidden  place, from which they burst forth and swelled into the river.  The unborn child is formed and matured in the womb as a miniature of the full grown adult:

  • the liers in wait of Israel came forth1518 out of their places – Judges 20: 33.
  • Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth 1518 as if  it had issued out of the womb (H7358/rechem) – Job 38: 8.
  • But thou art he that took1518 me out of the womb 990 (beten) – Psalm 22: 9.
  • Be in pain, and labour to bring forth1518 Micah 4: 10.


3.  The imagery of the Gihon of Eden bursting forth from the womb is confirmed by the structure of the River Gihon in Israel

The scriptural cross references in the root word refer to the Gihon of Eden as a river which bursts forth from a womb in the same manner as the menstrual flow and a baby coming forth at the time of delivery.  It fascinates me that the River Gihon of  Israel is an exact match for this imagery.

According to jewishvirtuallibrary.com, the flow of the Gihon in Israel reflects its name, which means “bursting forth.”   First, the water flow is not steady, but intermittent,  and varies with the seasons of the year and annual precipitation.   The Gihon River in Israel is a siphon-type karst spring.

Costic (2009), in a description of the Gihon River, explains that a siphon – type karst spring provides water that has collected from underground sinkholes and sinking streams. This underground water is siphoned to the surface whenever the underground streams  fill to the brim.  This natural feature made it necessary to accumulate water in a pool, to be available at times when the spring was not “gushing forth.”

These underground sinkholes and streams originated because Jerusalem is built on limestone. As rain fell over the centuries, much of the water disappeared underground to form channels and caves. This underground water channel emerged at the Gihon.

We see immediately that these underground sinkholes and streams are the womb of  the River Gihon.

Interestingly, the Gihon gushes for about forty minutes in a typical month, hence the name “bursting forth.” After the forty minute gush, the water flow would cease for six to eight hours.  This gushing forth can be compared to the  intermittent flow of menstrual blood as well as the bursting forth of a baby from the womb.


The search continues. Next time – “Further Imagery Related To The Origin Of The River Gihon From A  Womb.”

Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity.



Kostick , C (2009). The Siege of Jerusalem: Crusade and Conquest in 1099.  NY: Continuum International Publishing Group.