only in Hos. 9:6
Moph. In Isa. 19:13
; Jer. 2:16
; 46:14, 19; Ezek. 30:13, 16
, it is mentioned under the name Noph.
It was the capital of Lower, i.e., of Northern Egypt.
From certain remains found half buried in the sand, the site of this ancient city
has been discovered near the modern village of Minyet Rahinch, or Mitraheny, about 16 miles above the ancient head of the Delta, and 9 miles south
of Cairo, on
the west bank of the Nile.
It is said to have been founded by Menes, the first king
of Egypt, and to have been in circumference about 19 miles. "There are few remains above ground," says Manning (The Land of the Pharaohs), "of the splendour of ancient Memphis.
The city has utterly disappeared. If any traces yet exist, they are buried beneath the vast mounds of crumbling bricks
and broken pottery
which meet the eye
in every direction. Near the village of Mitraheny is a colossal statue of Rameses
the Great. It is apparently one of the two described by Herodotus and Diodorus as standing in front of the temple
of Ptah. They were originally 50 feet in height. The one which remains, though mutilated, measures 48 feet. It is finely carved in limestone, which takes a high polish, and is evidently a portrait. It lies in a pit,
which, during the inundation, is filled with water. As we gaze on this fallen and battered statue of the mighty conqueror who was probably contemporaneous with Moses,
it is impossible not to remember the words of the prophet Isaiah, 19:13
; 44:16-19, and Jeremiah, 46:19