also known as: Nile River, Sihor, the black stream, the river, the flood of Egypt

Meaning: dark; blue

The name “Nile” is not found in Scripture, but it is frequently referred to in the Old Testament under the name of Sihor, i.e., “the black stream” (Isaiah 23:3; Jeremiah 2:18) or simply “the river” (Genesis 41:1; Exodus 1:22, etc.) and the “flood of Egypt” (Amos 8:8)

It consists of two rivers, the White Nile, which takes its rise in the Victoria Nyanza, and the Blue Nile, which rises in the Abyssinian Mountains. These unite at the town of Khartoum, whence it pursues its course for 1,800 miles, and falls into the Mediterranean through its two branches, into which it is divided a few miles north of Cairo, the Rosetta and the Damietta branch.

The long Nile River flows north and results from the White Nile (beginning in Uganda at Lake Victoria), and the Blue Nile (beginning in Ethiopia at Lake Tana)—satellite view
Article Version: September 1, 2017

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