Hebrew: נֹ֑ף

Transliterated as Noph, this is the Hebrew name of the ancient Egyptian capital city of Memphis (Isaiah 19:13; Jer.2:16; 44:1; 46:14, 19; Ezek. 30:13, 16)

In Hosea 9:6 the Hebrew name נֹ֑ף is translated “Memphis,” which is its Greek and Latin form.

Photo by BarryLB.
The partially destroyed 3,200 year old Ramesses II statue in Memphis, Egypt
Replica of Ramesses II statue. Photo by Jasmine Elias.
Restored replica of the above Ramesses II statue, displayed in Cairo.

Memphis was one of the most ancient and important cities of Egypt, and stood a little to the south of the modern Cairo, on the western bank of the Nile. It was the capital of Lower Egypt (that is northern Egypt).

Among the ruins found at this place is a colossal statue of Rameses the Great shown here.

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Article Version: August 31, 2017