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TAHPANHES ( Jeremiah 2:16 ; Jeremiah 43:7 ff; Jeremiah 44:1 ; Jeremiah 46:14 , Ezekiel 30:18 ( Tehaphnehes ), in Jdt 1:9 AV [Note: Authorized Version.] Taphnes ). An Egyptian city, the same as the Greek Daphnæ, now Tett Defne . The Egyptian name is unknown. It lay on the Pelusiac branch of the Nile, which is now silted up, and the whole region converted into a waste. Petrie’s excavations showed that Daphnæ was founded by Psammetichus i. on the 26th Dyn. (b.c. 664 610). According to Herodotus, it was the frontier fortress of Egypt on the Asiatic side, and was garrisoned by Greeks. In its ruins was found an abundance of Greek pottery, iron armour, and arrowheads of bronze and iron, while numerous small weights bore testimony to the trade that passed through it. The garrison was kept up by the Persians in the 5th cent., and the town existed to a much later period. After the murder of Gedaliah (b.c. 586), Johanan took the remnant of the Jews from Jerusalem, including Jeremiah, to Tahpanhes.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Tahpanhes'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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