China is in the Bible

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Isaiah 49:12 mentions “the land of Sinim.” Gesenius and most nineteenth-century scholars identified this place with China, but virtually all scholars today identify it instead with Aswan (Syene) in southern Egypt. It is argued here, based on the literary context, the wording “the land of [plural gentilic],” and the phonetics of Sinim, that the term means China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-77
Number of pages18
JournalVetus Testamentum
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2024

RAMBI Publications

  • RAMBI Publications
  • Bible -- Isaiah -- XLIX, 12 -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Bible -- Geography
  • Hebrew language, Biblical -- Terms and phrases
  • China -- In the Bible


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