Jerusalem, definitions

peter_kirk at peter_kirk at
Tue Sep 7 23:12:40 EDT 1999

Just in case there is any confusion, this case is quite different from 
that of Jerusalem. MICRAYIM is a dual form derived from a well-known 
root MCR which is attested even today in the Arabic name for Egypt, 
which is Misir. As someone pointed out, there is no singular root or 
stem form like YERUSHAL of which YERUSHALAYIM can be the dual.

Peter Kirk

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Subject: Re: Jerusalem, definitions
Author:  lewreich at at internet
Date:    07/09/1999 13:18

Solomon Landers wrote.

> In Hebrew, Egypt is mitsrayim, supposedly reflecting Middle Egyptian 
> terminology of the "two Egypts" (upper and lower Egypt)

I wonder whether the dual ending of mitsrayim has to do with the upper and 
lower, red and black, duality of Egypt reflected in the combined crowns of 
the Two Lands, or whether it has to do with Egypt's comprising, for most of 
its length,  two narrow bands of arable land adjoining the banks of the 

Lewis Reich

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