Tel Abib (Hebrew: תל-אביב, Tel Aviv; from Akkadian Tel Abûbi, "The Tel of the flood", where Spring (Aviv) is the season of the year) is an unidentified tell (hill city) on the Kebar Canal, near Nippur in what is now Iraq. Tel Abib is mentioned in Ezekiel 3:15:
Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel Abib, that lived by the river Chebar, and to where they lived; and I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days.
Nahum Sokolow adopted the biblical place-name as the title for his Hebrew translation of Theodor Herzl's novel Altneuland ("Old New Land"). It later gave its name to the modern Israeli city of Tel Aviv (the Hebrew letter ב without dagesh represents a sound like [v], but archaic English translations of the Bible traditionally transcribe it as "b").
The Kebar or Chebar Canal (or River) is the setting of several important scenes of the book of Ezekiel, including the aformentioned opening verse. The bookreferences this river eight times in total.
However, more recent scholarship is agreed that the location of the Kebar Canal is near Nippur in Iraq. The ka-ba-ru waterway (Akkadian) is mentioned among the 5th century BCE Murashu archives from Nippur. It was part of a complex network of irrigation and transport canals that also included the Shatt el-Nil, a silted up canal toward the east of Babylon.
It is not to be confused with the Kebar River in Iran, site of Kebar Dam, the oldest surviving arch dam.
- Ezekiel 1:1, Ezekiel 1:3, Ezekiel 3:15, Ezekiel 3:15, Ezekiel 3:23, Ezekiel 10:15, Ezekiel 10:20, Ezekiel 10:22, and Ezekiel 43:3. Reference
- Thompson, Henry O. (1992). "Chebar," in Anchor Bible Dictionary. Vol 1: Doubleday. p. 893. ISBN 0-385-19351-3.
- Allen, Leslie C. (1994). Word Bible Commentary: Ezekiel 1–19. Dallas: Word, Incorporated. p. 22. ISBN 0-8499-0830-2.
- Block, Daniel I. (1997). NICOT: The Book of Ezekiel: Chapters 1–24. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans. p. 84. ISBN 0802825354.