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The first indications of the rise of the river may be seen at the first of the cataracts of the Nile (at Aswan) as early as the beginning of June, and a steady increase goes on until the middle of July, when the increase of water becomes very great. The Nile continues to rise until the beginning of September, when the level that remains stationary for a period of about three weeks, sometimes a little less. In October it rises again, and reaches its highest level. From this period it begins to subside, and though it rises yet once more and reaches occasionally its former highest point, it sinks steadily until the month of June when it is again at its lowest level. Flooding reached Aswan about a week earlier than Cairo, and Luxor 5 – 6 days earlier than Cairo. Typical heights of flood were 45 feet (13.7 metres) at Aswan, 38 feet (11.6 metres) at Luxor (and Thebes) and 25 feet (7.6 metres) at Cairo.
Source: Budge, Wallis E A (1895). The Nile Notes for Travellers in Egypt. Thos. Cook & Son (Egypt), Ltd, Ludgate Circus, London.
So 7 heads of the Dragon are the 7 different bodies of the Nile, and the 10 horns are artificial canals and connected streams. The Bible records in allegory how the Nile was tamed and how they attributed the technology, fertility and power to the gods (Psalms 74:14-15):
In Ugaritic texts, Yam's special enemy Hadad is also known as the "king of heaven" and the "first born son" of El, whom ancient Greeks identified with their god Cronus, just as Baal was identified with Zeus, Yam with Poseidon and Mot with Hades. Yam wished to become the Lord god in his place. In turns the two beings kill each other, yet Hadad is resurrected and Yam also returns. Some authors have suggested that these tales reflect the experience of seasonal cycles in the Levant. en.wikipedia.org...(god)
starting the annual floodings, an anthropomorphic display of the water cycle and the annual Monsoon rains with the resulting floodings.
King James Bible
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
originally posted by: Agree2Disagree
a reply to: Utnapisjtim
I mean, it's certainly theorized that Egyptians had been to the Americas several thousand years ago....but the small pieces of evidence that suggest that are not considered absolute proof....
As far as your original suggestion...how do you reconcile later verses found in Job that would simply seem out of context if your theory was accurate....
“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord?” - What is the author of Job trying to say? It doesn't add up contextually if your theory is accurate.....Not just that though, almost the entire chapter of Job41 seems to point to something other than the river Nile.... most notably, imo, verse23 "The flakes of his flesh are joined together:
they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved."
Interesting theory, but I'd just like more substance to substantiate the claim....