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Reference: Egypt, River


The S.W. boundary of Palestine (Nu 34:5; Isa 27:12 etc.; cf. 'river (nahar) of Egypt,' Ge 15:18, and simply 'the wady,' Eze 47:19; 48:28). It is the Wady el-Arish, still the boundary of Egypt, in the desert half-way between Pe usium and Gaza. Water is always to be found by digging in the bed of the wady, and after heavy rain the latter is filled with a rushing stream. El-Arish, where the wady reaches the Mediterranean, was an Egyptian frontier post to which malefactors were banished after having their noses cut off; hence its Greek name Rhinocorura. See also Shihor, Shur.

F. Ll. Griffith.

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