Nile יאור
(551 words)

I. Name

The name of the Egyptian river Nile is attested many times in the Bible e.g. Gen. 41.1–3, Gen. 17–18; Ex. 1.22; Ex. 2.3; Ex. 7.15–25; Ex. 8.3, Ex. 9, Ex. 11; Jes. 19.5–9; Jer. 46.8; Ez. 30.12; Amos 8.8. Yĕʾōr, the Hebrew name of the Nile is a loanword; it is a derivation from the Egyptian word itrw: the river, i.e. the Nile. This word has dropped its t at an unknown date in the course of the history of Egyptian language, probably much earlier than the New Kingdom when the first variant in writing is found without t (Wb. I, 146; de Buck 19…

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H. te Velde, “Nile יאור”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 19 January 2019 <>

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