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Sunday, April 23 2017

What Made Goshen Rich And Fertile?

"And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly"

The "Nile" River is named in the English language from the Greek word neilos (the Greeks ruled Egypt for about 3 centuries, until the rise of the Roman Empire; see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Years In Cleopatra's Egypt), the Latin/Roman version of which is nilus, both of which may be transliterations of a similar-sounding Hebrew word which means river, or river valley.

The ancient Egyptians (see also Children Of Ham - The Origin Of Egypt And Iraq) called the river Ar (or other rendered variations, such as Aur or Iaro) which meant black, in referring to the rich organic sediments that are carried along the river and deposited in the fertile Nile Delta region of "Goshen" before the river ends into the Mediterranean Sea. As such, Goshen was one of the most naturally fertile and financially prosperous places of the ancient world.

Nile River

It was the LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) Who decided that Jacob and his family (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and When Did Jacobites Become Israelites?) would go to live in Egypt.

"46:2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob.

And he said, Here am I.

46:3 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: 46:4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes." (Genesis 46:2-4 KJV)

Goshen The Nile River

At that time, the children and grandchildren of Jacob numbered only about seventy people (see The First Census Of Israel).

"1:1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob.

1:2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah [see Genesis 38: The First Jews], 1:3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 1:4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

1:5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?]: for Joseph was in Egypt already." (Exodus 1:1-5 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did Moses get his name from the Nile River in Goshen?
See The Drawing Of Moses


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This Day In History

This Day In History, April 23

215 BC: A temple was built on Capitoline Hill (one of the "seven hills of Rome") dedicated to Venus Erycina (see also The Idols Of Iniquity and Trash Day For Idols).

1014: Brian Boru, high king of Ireland, was killed while fighting Viking invaders at the Battle of Clontarf.

Battle of Clontarf

1016: Edmund Ironside succeeded his father Aethelred as king of England.

1348: The first English order of knighthood, the Order of the Garter, was founded.

1500: Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral claimed Brazil for Portugal.

Pedro Alvares Cabral

1563: Construction of El Escorial began in Spain by Philip II (a Hapsburg).

1616: English playwright William Shakespeare died. Born on this date in 1564, he died on his 52nd birthday.

1625: Frederick Henry became Stadtholder (ruler) of the Netherlands after the death of Maurice of Nassau.

1633: The League of Heilbronn was established. It united South German Protestants with Sweden and France against the Catholic League and the Imperialists.

1635: The first public school in New England, Boston Latin School, was founded in the English-built city of Boston, Massachusetts.

1661: King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey

1823: Aaron Arrowsmith died at age 73. The British geographer and cartographer published many fine maps and atlases.

1851: The first Canadian postage stamp, the Three-Penny Beaver, was issued.

1891: Jews were expelled from Moscow, Russia.

1918: The British Navy under Admiral Keyes raided the German submarine base at Zeebrugge.

1941: King George of the Hellenes and the Greek government fled the Greek mainland from the advancing Germans; the Greek army also formally surrendered to Germany and Italy.

1945: The Russian army liberated the Nazi Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrueck concentration camps (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

1950: Chaing Kai-shek evacuated Hainan, leaving mainland China to Mao Zedong and the communists.


1963: Itzhak Ben-Zvi died. He was the second President of Israel, one of the 37 signers of the declaration of the present-day state of Israel in 1948 (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1969: Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating Robert Kennedy. The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.

1985: Coca-Cola changed its sugar and caffeine formula and released "New Coke." Consumer response was so overwhelmingly negative that the original formula was back on the market in less than 3 months.

1997: The presidents of Russia and China signed a declaration opposing the domination of one superpower in the post-Cold War world.




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