Mizraim


Mizraim

Mizraim (Hebrew: מִצְרַיִם / מִצְרָיִם, Modern Mitzráyim Tiberian Miṣrāyim / Miṣráyim ; cf. Arabic مصر, Miṣr) is the Hebrew name for the land of Egypt, with the dual suffix -āyim, perhaps referring to the "two Egypts": Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt.

Ugaritic inscriptions refer to Egypt as Msrm, in the Amarna tablets it is called Misri, and Assyrian and Babylonian records called Egypt Musur and Musri. The Arabic word for Egypt is Misr (pronounced Masr in Egyptian colloquial Arabic), and Egypt's official name is Gumhuriyah Misr al-'Arabiyah (the Arab Republic of Egypt).

According to Genesis 10, Mizraim (a son of Ham) was the younger brother of Cush and elder brother of Phut and Canaan, whose families together made up the Hamite branch of Noah's descendants. Mizraim's sons were Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim, Casluhim (out of whom came Philistim), and Caphtorim.[1]

According to Eusebius' Chronicon, Manetho had suggested that the great age of antiquity in which the later Egyptians boasted had actually preceded the flood, and that they were really descended from Mizraim, who settled there anew. A similar story is related by medieval Islamic historians such as Sibt ibn al-Jawzi, the Egyptian Ibn Abd-el-Hakem, and the Persians al-Tabari and Muhammad Khwandamir, stating that the pyramids, etc. had been built by the wicked races before the deluge, but that Noah's descendant Mizraim (Masar or Mesr) was entrusted with reoccupying the region afterward. The Islamic accounts also make Masar the son of a Bansar or Beisar and grandson of Ham, rather than a direct son of Ham, and add that he lived to the age of 700. Some scholars think it likely that Mizraim is a dual form of the word Misr meaning "land", and was translated literally into Ancient Egyptian as Ta-Wy (the Two Lands) by early pharaohs at Thebes, who later founded the Middle Kingdom.

But according to George Syncellus, the Book of Sothis, supposedly by Manetho, had identified Mizraim with the legendary first pharaoh Menes, said to have unified the Old Kingdom and built Memphis. Misraim also seems to correspond to Misor, said in Phoenician mythology to have been father of Taautus who was given Egypt, and later scholars noticed that this also recalls Menes, whose son or successor was said to be Athothis.

In Judaism, Mitzrayim has been connected with the word meitzar (מיצר), meaning "sea strait", possibly alluding to narrow gulfs from both sides of Sinai peninsula. It also can mean "boundaries, limits, restrictions" or "narrow place".[citation needed]

However, author David Rohl has suggested a different interpretation: "Amongst the followers of Meskiagkasher [Cush] was his younger 'brother' -- in his own right a strong and charismatic leader of men. He is the head of the falcon tribe -- the descendants of Horus the 'Far Distant'. The Bible calls this new Horus-king 'Mizraim' but this name is, in reality, no more than an epithet. It means 'follower of Asr' or 'Asar' (Arabic m-asr with the Egyptian preposition m 'from'). Mizraim is merely m-Izra with the majestic plural ending 'im'. Likewise, that other great Semitic-speaking people -- the Assyrians -- called the country of the pharaohs 'Musri' (m-Usri)." [2]

References

  1. ^ Bullinger, 2000, p. 6.
  2. ^ Legend: Genesis of Civilisation Arrow Books Ltd, London, 1999, pp. 451–452

Bibliography


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mizraim — (hebr. מצרים Mitzráyim or Miṣrāyim/Miṣráyim; vgl. arabisch ‏مصر‎ Miṣr) ist der hebräische Name für Ägypten, mit der Dualendung āyim, vielleicht mit Bezug auf die „zwei Ägypten“, Oberägypten und Unterägypten. Nach der Völkertafel der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mizraim — (Mizr), 1) so v.w. Ägypten; 2) so v.w. Kairo …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Mizraïm — (Misraim), hebr. Name Ägyptens …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • MIZRAIM — vide Aegyptus …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Mizraim —    The dual form of matzor, meaning a mound or fortress, the name of a people descended from Ham (Gen. 10:6, 13; 1 Chr. 1:8, 11). It was the name generally given by the Hebrews to the land of Egypt (q.v.), and may denote the two Egypts, the Upper …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Rito de Memphis y Mizraím — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El Rito Antiguo y Primitivo de Memphis y Mizraim es un rito masónico formado por la unión de dos antiguos ritos masónicos de inspiración Rosacruz: el Rito de Memphis y el Rito de Mizraím. El promotor de la fusión de… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Rito de Memphis y Mizraím — El Rito Antiguo y Primitivo de Memphis y Mizraim es un rito masónico formado por la unión de dos antiguos ritos masónicos de inspiración Rosacruz: el Rito de Memphis y el Rito de Mizraím. El promotor de la fusión de ambos ritos fue el famoso… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Abel-mizraim — (the meadow of Egypt , or mourning of Egypt ) is a place beyond, or west, of the Jordan river, at the threshing floor of Atad. Here the Egyptians mourned seventy days for Jacob (Genesis 50:4 11). Its site is unknown …   Wikipedia

  • Abel-mizraim —    Meadow of Egypt, or mourning of Egypt, a place beyond, i.e., on the west of Jordan, at the threshing floor of Atad. Here the Egyptians mourned seventy days for Jacob (Gen. 50:4 11). Its site is unknown …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Мисраим — (Mizraim) имя Египта у евреев и вообще семитов (у финикиян Мисра, у ассиро вавилонян Мусур; перешло в перс. Мудрайя; в новоарабск. Маср). Происхождение сомнительно. Из этимологий самая правдоподобная бывшая в ходу уже у евреев (Исаия, XIX, 6), от …   Энциклопедический словарь Ф.А. Брокгауза и И.А. Ефрона


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.