For more photos see: Aswan, EGYPT

Syene is the southern most border of biblical Egypt. Noted at the first cataract  of the Nile.  The full extent of the land is described as being from the tower, a translation of the proper noun Migdol (Pelussium on the mediterranean) to Syene, the border of Ethiopia Ezek 29:10; 30:6 Syene is identified with modern Aswan, or the ancient Abu, an arabic term describing both Elephants and ivory trade that is now remembered in the Elephantine island to the immediate west of the modern city. This was a staging point for the ivory trade that was extended north from Africa. Aswan is a gradual morph of the ancient Egyptian name of Sun through the Coptic Sown or Seon

Syene was noted for its famous granites, used for the production of fine obelisks seen in unfinished obelisks to the north of the city, and within the quarries in the western deserts. This obelisk is of particular interest as it was constructed by Seti I the father of Rameses II, and the origins of the Ramesite dynasty that would stamp its authority throughout the middle east. His son Rameses II was most likely the Pharaoh from whom Moses was brought up, and fled into the land of Midiam from. The most famous obelisks in Heliopolis were constructed from this granite and are now seen in Cleopatra’s needle in London, the hippodrome in Istanbul the plazae in Roma and in New York.

The extent of the destruction of the land of Egypt under Nebuchadnezzar was to extend throughout these limits, and is a prefigure of the destruction of Egypt under the hand of a cruel lord Isa 19:4 the Gogian hosts headed by Russia who will invade Egypt with similar effect. Dan 11:43


A wonderful gigapan of the Philae temple at Aswan is available here: