ements in husbandry among this people of the Nile.
As time rolled on. the name came to be transferred to the river itself, and Osiris the benefactor became a god, and the incarnation of the flood whose annual overflow was the life of the land.
No flood, no food; let the Nile stay within his banks for a few years, and the granary of the ancient world becomes a desert.
Abraham went down there to buy bread; Isaac started for the same place for the same purpose, but put up with Abimelech at Gerar; Jacob and his family were saved alive in Egypt during another drouth, from which even Egypt was not exempt.
Year by year, for seven years, to follow the metaphor of the people, Osiris (the Nile) rose in his vigor, and spread himself upon Isis (the cultivated soil), causing her to bring forth abundantly.
In the excess of his virility he even embraced Nephthys (the barren ground of the desert adjacent to that cultivated), causing her to yield a fruitage.
And in the seven plenteous years