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Nile meaning

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🔼The name Ye'or (Nile) in the Bible

The Nile is the river of Egypt. The Hebrew word by which this river is known is Ye'or, which is a transliteration of the Egyptian word 'iotr, simply meaning watercourse (Genesis 41:1, Exodus 1:22, Isaiah 19:7).

🔼Etymology of Ye'or, the Hebrew word for Nile

The name Ye'or may have been so readily assimilated because it bears a strong resembling to the verb אור ('or) meaning to be light or to shine:

This parallel between the word יאר and the Hebrew word for light is not that far fetched. The Hebrew word for river is נהר (nahar I), and the identical verb נהר (nahar II) means to light or burn like a lamp.

🔼Ye'or (Nile) meaning

To a Hebrew audience, the river Nile was known as the Bright One or the Shiny One; the River Of Light.

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