great river of Egypt.
The Nile flows 4000
miles from central Africa to the Mediterranean Sea. In antiquity the river flooded
each year, bringing the soil and moisture that made Egypt
a dependable source of food.
In Old Testament times
the infant Moses was placed in a basket
in the Nile in order to conceal him, since the king of Egypt had ordered
that all male children born to the Hebrews should be killed (Exod 2:10).
To pressure the king into releasing the Hebrews from slavery, Moses turned
the Nile into blood (Exod 7:17).