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Egypt meaning

Αιγυπτος

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🔼The name Egypt: Summary

Meaning
Temple of Ptah
Etymology
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.

In the Hebrew Bible the country of Egypt is always denoted by the name Mizraim. In the Greek New Testament, the name Αιγυπτος (Aiguptos) is used 29 times; see full concordance

Read our articles on the word Exodus or the name Pharaoh for a lengthy look at the function of Egypt in the Bible.