🔼The name Egypt: Summary
- Temple of Ptah
- From the Egyptian Hwt-Ptah, via the Greek Αιγυπτος (Aiguptos).
🔼Etymology of the name Egypt
According to the Oxford Companion to the Bible, the name Egypt is an English rendering of the Greek name Αιγυπτος (Aiguptos), which in turn is a transliteration of the Egyptian Hwt-Ptah, meaning Temple of Ptah. Ptah was Egypt's creator-god who had created the world via his thought and his word, and he also became patron of craftsmen.
Obviously, the familiar observation that the Creator called his Son — which would be the embodiment of the collective human understanding of the Creator (Romans 1:20, Colossians 2:9) — out of Egypt speaks of the natural evolution of scientific thought much rather than of some religion.
The Egyptians themselves named their country Keme, meaning the Black Land.