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  Elephantine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A rare calendar, known as the Elephantine Calendar, dating to the reign of Thutmose III, was found in fragments.
The Elephantine papyri are caches of legal documents and letters written in Aramaic, which document the community of Jewish soldiers stationed here during the Persian occupation of Egypt.
The Jewish community at Elephantine was probably founded as a military installation in about 650 BCE during Manasseh's reign, to assist Pharaoh Psammetichus I in his Nubian campaign.
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 Elephantine papyri - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
They come from a Jewish community at Elephantine, the island in the Nile at the border of Nubia, which was probably founded as a military installation in about 650 BCE during Manasseh's reign to assist Pharaoh Psammetichus I in his Nubian campaign.
The Elephantine documents include letters and legal contracts from family and other archives: divorce documents, the manumission of slaves, and other business, and are a valuable source of knowledge about law, society, religion, language and onomastics, the sometimes surprisingly revealing study of names.
Further Elephantine papyri are at the Brooklyn Museum.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Elephantine_papyri   (515 words)

  
 Iranica.com - ELEPHANTINE
Certainly the settlers on Elephantine believed that they had the right to practice their own cult in the temple of Yaho, which had been built legally, undoubtedly during the period between the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem (586 B.C.E.) and its reconstruction after Cyrus' edict, in 538 B.C.E. (Bresciani, 1992, pp.
It is important that among the papyri of Elephantine there are examples of literary texts intended for readers of Aramaic: a translation of Darius I's great cuneiform inscription at B^sotu@n (q.v.) and a translation of the Akkadian "Romance of the wise Ahiqar" (minister of the Assyrians Sennacherib and Esarhaddon; Cowley, pp.
No other Jewish colonies as stable as that of Elephantine were established until the Ptolemaic period, when, in 154 B.C.E., the refugee Onias obtained permission to found a new temple in the territory of Heliopolis, in the country of Bubastis (Leontopolis, now Tell Yahu@d^ya "the hill of the Jews").
www.iranica.com /articles/v8f4/v8f408.html   (994 words)

  
 Egypt Travel - Answan: Elephantine Island
Elephantine Island is the largest of the Aswan area islands, and is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt, with artifacts dating to predynastic periods.
Elephantine Island was considered to be home of this important Egyptian god, and while this structure dates back to the Queen Hatshepsut of the 18th Dynasty, there are references to a Temple of Khnum on the island as early as the 3rd Dynasty.
A rare calendar, known as the Elephantine Calendar, dating to the reign of Tuthmosis III, was found in fragments, and a Papyrus dating to the 13th dynasty and known as the Elephantine Papyrus was also discovered.
www.touregypt.net /elephantine.htm   (673 words)

  
 Elephantine: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
In egyptian mythology, anuket ("the embracer") was the goddess of the nile river and was worshipped at elephantine island, alongside chnum and satis....
The Elephantine papyri[Click link for more facts about this topic] are caches of legal documents and letters written in Aramaic[Click link for more facts about this topic], EHandler: no quick summary.
The Jewish community at Elephantine was probably founded as a military installation in about 650 BCE during Manasseh's reign, EHandler: no quick summary.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/e/el/elephantine.htm   (1636 words)

  
 Ancient Egypt: the Mythology - the Triad of Elephantine
Elephantine (Abu) was the ancient capital of the first nome of Upper Egypt.
Satet, as the "Mistress of Elephantine", was associated with the annual flooding of the Nile.
Anqet was the divine child of Satet and Khnemu and was seen as the guardian of Egypt's southern frontier and the Nile cataracts.
www.egyptianmyths.net /elephant.htm   (227 words)

  
 Elephantine
Elephantine, known as Abu to the Egyptians, was located on an island in the middle of the Nile, opposite Aswan and near the First Cataract.
During the Middle and New Kingdoms it was a center for the Egyptian administration of Nubia.
The quarries near Elephantine yielded the best granite in Egypt, and were in use as early as the reign of Djoser, who used its stone in the chambers of his step pyramid.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Acropolis/7987/elepha_1.html   (164 words)

  
 Scientific dating Elephantine Papyri, solar eclipse, biblical events
Finally, since the Elephantine papyri have only a Hebrew and Egyptian date, it is possible that a papyrus date is not subject to interpretation after the Egyptian date of Thoth 1.
Elephantine papyri that fall between the New Year for either the Hebrew, Egyptian, or Persian calendar are subject to human interpretation.
The Elephantine papyri provide solid evidence that the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem was issued on Sunday, March 16, 445 BC.
www.harvardhouse.com /prophetictech/new/elephantine.htm   (7462 words)

  
 Lessons from the Elephantine Papyri Regarding Book of Mormon Names and Nephi's Temple
Through documents discovered in 1925 (the Elephantine Papyri), we can see that they were in contact with the Jews in Jerusalem, and did not seem to be in trouble for having their temple.
Judean authorities attempted to regulate the religious practices of Elephantine, but they do not seem to have attempted to shut down the Elephantine temple itself, despite the fact that its existence was contrary to the law of Deuteronomy (as described in chapter 1).
While the Jews at Elephantine clearly mingled with their non-Jewish neighbors and may have adapted some of their ways--a common problem throughout Jewish and Christian history--the fact that they did build a temple of their own refutes the notion that Hebrews arriving in the New World would never have thought of building a temple.
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 Aswan (BiblePlaces.com)
The Nilometer was important as it measured the rise of the floodwaters of the Nile.
Elephantine Island was famous as a trading capital.
Elephantine Island (Tour Egypt) General description of the island and its antiquities.
www.bibleplaces.com /aswan.htm   (679 words)

  
 Sariah in the Elephantine Papyri - FARMS JBMS
The Elephantine temple was built and used by the military colony of Jewish mercenaries and their families who lived on the island, which was known to them as Yeb, a name meaning ivory.
(Elephantine was the Greek name of the island.) This colony had probably been established at a time when Judah was a subservient ally of Egypt, perhaps as early as the reign of Manasseh (ca.
The Elephantine Papyri were discovered at the beginning of the twentieth century (prior to 1903), far too late for Joseph Smith to have known of the female name Sariah in Papyrus C-22.
farms.byu.edu /display.php?id=40&table=jbms   (1451 words)

  
 Restoration Quarterly (Who Was a Jew? Jewish Ethnicity During the Achaemenid Period)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Normally, the title is "Jew of Elephantine" or "Aramaean of Syene" (Syene being a town on the east bank of the Nile opposite Elephantine Island).
Elephantine was at the periphery of the Jewish community.
His information about Elephantine is sometimes absurd, as when he repeats the rumor that the Nile begins here in a bottomless well and flows in two directions.
www.restorationquarterly.org /Volume_037/rq03702hamilton.htm   (6266 words)

  
 EgyptSites - Elephantine Island
Elephantine is an island in the centre of the Nile at Aswan.
Along the banks of Elephantine there are many boulder inscriptions naming the kings and governors who have been associated with the island.
Elephantine Island can be reached by felucca from anywhere along the Corniche, or a motor boat from a landing near the telephone office.
www.egyptsites.co.uk /upper/aswan/elephantine.html   (870 words)

  
 Ancient Egypt: the Mythology - the Myth of the Seven Year Famine
In the eighteenth year of the king Tcheser (the third king of the third dynasty), the whole region of the South, the Island of Elephantine, and the district of Nubia were ruled by the high official Mater.
The king sent a dispatch to Mater informing him that he was in great grief by reason of the reports which were brought to him into the palace as he sat upon his throne, and because for seven years there had been no satisfactory inundation of the Nile.
The guardian of this flood was Khnemu, and it was he who kept the doors that held it in, and who drew back the bolts at the proper time.
www.egyptianmyths.net /mythfamine.htm   (517 words)

  
 Recent Christian Period Finds on Elephantine Island
Elephantine Island lies in the middle of the Nile before the city of Aswan (ancient Syene), immediately below the First Cataract in southern Upper Egypt.
Both Elephantine and Aswan have yielded papyri, ostraka, pottery and architectural remains which provide evidence for the vigorous Christian communities which existed at these centres.
During the course of field research in the southern area of Elephantine Island in 1993 I discovered a fragmentary ostrakon.
www.maat.com.au /Christianfinds.html   (1329 words)

  
 Crucifixion Year, Elephantine Papyri
Eleven Elephantine papyri are scientifically dated during the reign of King Artaxerxes and the papyrus dated November 18, 446 BC supports that the edict occurred on Sunday, March 16, 445 BC.
Scientific dating the Elephantine papyri shows that the Hebrew and Persian calendars were still being developed in the 5th century BC.
I find it remarkable that the Elephantine papyri have been preserved that permit people living in the 20th and 21st centuries to scientifically date these 2500 year old documents.
www.harvardhouse.com /prophetictech/new/crucifixion_year.htm   (2461 words)

  
 Satet Temple, Elephantine Island
The southern town of Elephantine was important in ancient times as a border town, later as a predecessor of modern Aswan.
Originally it was called Abu, meaning ivory as well as elephant, testifying linguistically to the importance of the trade in ivory.
The ruins include a variety of buildings located on the south end of Elephantine Island across from the modern city of Aswan.
www.bluffton.edu /~sullivanm/egypt/aswan/satet.html   (443 words)

  
 Aswan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
(24°05' N 32°54'E) Elephantine is the most southern city of Egypt, on an island opposite modern Aswan.
Many rock inscriptions in the quarries, on Elephantine itself and on the islands to the south record expeditions either to the quarries or on their way to or from Nubia.
Ancient Egyptian written sources refer to the Elephantine region as location of a secret cavern, the source of the annual Nile flood.
www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk /assuan   (187 words)

  
 Elephantine - The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition - HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
ELEPHANTINE [Elephantine], island, SE Egypt, in the Nile below the First Cataract, near Aswan.
The Elephantine papyruses, which date from the 5th cent.
BC and describe a colony of Jewish mercenaries, were found there.
www.highbeam.com /doc/1E1:Elphntin/Elephantine.html?refid=ip_hf   (90 words)

  
 Elephantine on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
The ancient nilometer, built to gauge the water level of the Nile, was restored in 1870.
Resolving the "elephantine mass": is there a fair way for policymakers to free the American economy from the specter of never-ending asbestos litigation?
Elephantine Theory Stirs Misty Waters of Loch Ness
www.encyclopedia.com /html/E/Elphntin.asp   (275 words)

  
 Khnum of Elephantine; Creator of Man on a Potter's Wheel
It is from Ptolemaic times and is believed to be a copy of an original inscription from the time of King Djoser (3rd Dyn), who promises the renovation of the temple of Khnum if the god returns prosperity to Egypt after years of famine.
But though traces of Khnum at Elephantine go back to the early dynastic period, it is from the New Kingdom and Graeco-Roman inscriptions at Esna which we get the picture of Khnum as creator god.
Not only that, but in the south of Egypt he was embodying the whole world, so that the sun and heaven, the air, the netherworld and the earth in the form of Re, Shu, Osiris and Geb were united in him, and he could therefore be depicted with four heads.
www.philae.nu /PerAnkh/KhnumCreator.html   (950 words)

  
 Ancient Near East .net - the Elephantine Papyri
The Elephantine Papyri is the collective name commonly given to several archives of documents belonging to members of a Jewish garrison community which inhabited the island of Elephantine (ancient Yeb), near Aswan in Egypt, between 495 and 399 BCE.
"The Archive of Jedaniah son of Gemariah of Elephantine: The Structure and Style of the Letters", Eretz Israel 14 (1978), pp.165-77.
Gemariah of Elephantine", in Shaked, S. (ed.) Irano-Judaica: Studies Relating to Jewish Contacts with Persian Culture Throughout the Ages, Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East, 1982, pp.11-24.
www.ancientneareast.net /elephantine_papyri.html   (575 words)

  
 Assûan and Elephantine.
With the exception of a fine fragment of Roman quay nearly opposite Assûan, the ruined gateway of Alexander and the battered statue of Menephtah are the only objects of archæological interest in the island.
But the charm of Elephantine is the everlasting charm of natural beauty – of rocks, of palm-woods, of quiet waters.
At Elephantine the taxes were received by tax-gatherers, prakteres, who seem to have been appointed as early as the Ptolemies.
digital.library.upenn.edu /women/edwards/nile/nile-X.html   (7139 words)

  
 Marriage and Divorce Documents: Aramaic Papyri from Elephantine
(I) On the 20th of Siwan,[1] that is the 7th day of Phamenoth,[2] the year 38 of King Artaxerxes[3]--at that time, (2) Meshullam son of Zakkur, a Jew of the fortress Elephantine, of the detachment of Arpakhu said to the woman Tapmut (as she is called), (3) his slave,
Written by Haggai (I6) the scribe, at Elephantine, at the dictation of Meshullam son of Zakkur, the witnesses herein being:[9] Atarparan son of Nisai (I7) the Mede; witness Micaiah son of Ahio; witness Berechiah son of Miptah; witness Dalah son of Gaddul.
The transition to the latter practice was in progress.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /~humm/Topics/Contracts/marri05.html   (1156 words)

  
 Passover Letter
was the leader of the Judean community in Elephantine.
"The Archive of Jedaniah son of Gemariah of Elephantine: The Structure and Style of the Letters." Eretz Israel 14 (1978) 165-77.
Gemariah of Elephantine." In Irano-Judaica: Studies Relating to Jewish Contacts with Persian Culture Throughout the Ages.
www.kchanson.com /ANCDOCS/westsem/passover.html   (490 words)

  
 RealMagick Article: Khnum/Khenmew by Mirjam
Worshipped in the form of a ram in early New Kingdom, later as a man with a ram's head.
At Elephantine he was guardian of the source of the Nile and thought to cause the inundation.
"Satis, "The Lady of Elephantine" and "She of Sehel (the island)" the giver of water for purification of the..."
realmagick.com /articles/90/390.html   (424 words)

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