Gihon (2nd Great River in the “Glossary”)

July 23, 2014

We are continuing with our summer travels through the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and today we are setting sail on the second river of the Middle East, the river Gihon. The spiritual meaning of Gihon is defined as “the rights of woman acknowledged morally, civilly, and socially” (SH 587). I’ve also included some Bible notes about the  word “Gihon.”  According to the New Oxford Annotated Bible, 4th edition:

The waters of the lower pool, the prophet refers to King Hezekiah’s attempts to fortify the city, including his digging of the Siloam Tunnel under the city of David to channel the waters of the Gihon Spring in Jerusalem where they would form the Siloam pool protected by Jerusalem’s walls at the southern tip of the city. Such a move eliminated the problem that Ahaz faced: protecting the water source (pages 996-97).