The Caphtorites are mentioned in the Table of Nations, Genesis -14 as one of several divisions of Mizraim (Egypt).
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He records that the Caphtorites were one of the Egyptian peoples whose cities were destroyed during the Ethiopic War.
Tradition regarding the location of Caphtor was preserved in the Aramaic Targums and the commentary of Maimonides which place it at Caphutkia in the vicinity of Damietta (at the eastern edge of the Nile delta near classical Pelusium) and by the tenth century commentator Saadia Gaon and Benjamin of Tudela, the twelfth-century Jewish traveller from Navarre, who both wrote that Damietta was Caphtor. A location called Kaptar is mentioned in several texts of the Mari Tablets and is understood to be reference to Caphtor. 1780-1760 BCE mentions a man from Caphtor (a-na Kap-ta-ra-i-im) who received tin from Mari.