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NAPHTUHIM

naf-tu'-him (naphtuchim; Septuagint Nephthaleim): A son of Mizraim (Gen 10:13; 1 Ch 1:11); but, according to most modern authorities, a district or a dependency of Egypt. Among the many efforts at identification the following deserve notice: Naphtuhim = (1) Nephthys (Nephthus) in the Northeast of Egypt; (2) Na-ptah, i.e. the people of Ptah, the dwellers in the neighborhood of Memphis; (3) Nathu (according to Herodotus, Natho), which occurs in Assurbanipal's Annals as the name of a part of Lower Egypt; (4) Erman (ZATW, X, 118), by the change of a letter, reads Petemhim, which signifies "The Northland"; (5) Spiegelberg sees in the word an old designation of the Delta, and would therefore render the name, "the people of the Delta" (compare Johns, HDB; Skinner and Holzinger on Genesis).
John A. Lees
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'naphtuhim'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; 1915.

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