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ASWAN (ăs'wăn, Heb sevēnēh). An Egyptian city, identified as present-day Aswan, at the First Cataract of the Nile, on the east bank of the river, opposite the island of Elephantine, which is well-known to biblical students from the Aramaic papyri found there. During much of Egypt’s history this area marked the effective southern boundary of Egypt. The name Aswan (“Syene” in jb, kjv, mlb, mof, nasb, neb, rsv) appears only twice in the OT (nivEzek.29.10; Ezek.30.16), both times in prophecies against Egypt, geographically defining the extent of Egyptian territory, from Migdol in the north to Aswan in the south.

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