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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia


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City of ancient Egypt, mentioned in Isaiah 19:13 , Jeremiah 2:16 , 44:1 , 46:14 , and Ezekiel 30:13,16 . All the ancient versions render it "Memphis," so that, evidently, the name has been disfigured from the more correct form "Mof," found in Hosea 9:6 (see Memphis ). Some scholars (De Rougé , Lenormant, E. Meyer) have endeavored to maintain the consonants of "Nof" and to explain it as "Napata" in Ethiopia, but Ezekiel 30:13 shows it to have been an Egyptian city, and the formation of Jewish colonies in so remote a place as Napata (comp. Jeremiah 44:1 , 46:14 ) is not probable.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Noph'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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