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Nile meaning

יאור

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🔼The name Ye'or (Nile): Summary

Meaning
It Will Shine, River Of Light
Etymology
From the verb אור ('or), to be or give light; to shine.

🔼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:

Excerpted from: Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary
אור

The verb אור ('or) means to be light or to give light; to shine. This verb's primary derivative is the expectable noun אור ('or), meaning light. The 'metaphor' that relates light to wisdom may not be a metaphor, or at least not to the ancients. In our article on the verb נהר (nahar), meaning both to flow and to shine, we show that the ancients had a surprisingly solid grasp of Relativity Theory.

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 River Of Light or The River That Will Shine.