"Brit-Am Now"-507
January 17, 2005

"Brit-Am Now"-507
1. The Phoenicians in Portugal
2. Encouragement
3. Stick of Judah placed on Ephraim.
4. The Messianic Era will Solve All Problems
5. Ephraim Amongst Australians and Kin
6. Issachar - Finland
7. Brit-Am Sources

1. The Phoenicians in Portugal

{{The following extract is from an article by Ricardo Lopez Crespo that was posted by Craig White's Origin of nations List

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Subject: [origin of nations] Issachar (Updated)
Extract from "Issachar" By Ricardo Lopez Crespo.
[This writer nearly always produces interesting and informative material though in many cases we do not agree with his conclusions he is almost always worth reading.]
In the extract below we have chosen to concentrate only on information concerning the Phoenicians in Portugal.

Tartessos [In Spain] were drawn to the magnificent shelter and exceptional navigational conditions which the Tagus estuary offered, founding Olissippo/Lisbon (Carthaginian Elissa/Dido), the capital of Portugal, and calling the colony 'Alis Ubbo' ("serene harbor"). Under their control it prospered for more than six centuries. Phoenician settlers were the Kynetes/Kynesians/Konii ('Kinahhu') <6> who populated the entire western coast of Iberia and centered themselves around the Algarve, Alentejo, and Beja (southern Portugal) <7>. The Kynetes/Cinesios penetrated into northern and central Portugal where cities like Conistorgis and Conimbriga (Coimbra) left traces of their name. They were highly civilized and "possessed a proper idiom and writing", being "very religious and [worshipful] of a single God (ELEL=ELIEL, "Elohim is God")...This can be confirmed by the inscription on the Heroun (stelae) of Ourique in the Museum of Evora. Therefore, the inhabitants of [southern Portugal] did not have a polytheistic pantheon until the [Roman era]. [On] another stone...is inscribed the proto-Hebraic word 'Siol' which refers to the [world] where the [departed go to] after death...'Siol' is synonymous with "sepulcher". This word then written in primitive signs with the letter "S" (Samek) of…[ancient Hebrew] was uttered by Jacob (Gen. 37: 35; 42: 38; 44: 29, 31)...[During] the passage to [classic Hebrew], [Samek] was changed to Shin, turning the spelling of ['Siol'] into "Sheol"…" <8>

Carlos Castelo is a Portuguese epigraphist who has verified that Sudlusitanian/Kynetic is an archaic form of Hebrew (proto-Sinaitic) with a proto-Indo-European substratum that existed in Celtic Lusitanian <9>. One has to remember that the Greek and western alphabets were based on Canaanite/Phoenician. Anthroponyms of Kynetic funerary inscriptions appear to be Indo-European <10> and placenames of the Kynetes/Konii frequently ended in 'ippo'/'oba' <11>, as in 'Alis Ubbo' (Olissippo/Lisboa/Lisbon), characteristically Phoenician/Phunite. Punico (Puni; Fenkhu was the name for Phoenicia in Egyptian) was one of the greatest Lusitanian (Kynetic-Celtic) leaders ('regulos') who fought the Roman legions <12>. The Gallaeci (their name was similar to Issacharite Igal; Num. 13: 7) of northwestern Spain (Galicia) and Portugal were said to have originated in Phoenician Cartagena <13> and another Portuguese Celtic tribe, the Saefes/Sefes/Sepes (Joseph, the name of Igal's father) <14>, overlapped them. The Galicians, whose dialect is a form of Portuguese, live in the most scenic region of the peninsula, where mists, fjords, and lush greenery are to be seen. Visitors there are reminded of the breath-taking beauty of Ireland, Norway, and the Scottish Highlands. Notably, Galicians, like their Gaelic cousins, play bagpipes ('gaitas'). Thusly, the Portuguese and Galician kinsmen are descendants of mixed yet Biblically related stocks that included Phoenicians, Celts, and the Suebi (Jashub of Issachar; Num. 26: 24; 1 Chron. 7: 1) <15>. Suebi who remained behind in southwestern Germany lost their identity to the Alemanni and the land they occupied, Swabia, preserves their name.

There's evidence aplenty of a Phoenician line of descent in Portugal:

"The inhabitants [of Nazare] have straight thin noses and grey eyes and are thought to be descendants of the Phoenicians. This influence is also in their boats which are long and narrow with an eye painted on each side below the high prow…" <16>

"Nazare is the most famous fishing town in Portugal. The Phoenicians had first settled there as early as 1200 BC. Today their descendants can be seen going out to fish the sea in boats with high curved prows painted with eyes, a relic of an ancient cult…" <17>

"...the [Portuguese] boats...are long and narrow, with bright eyes painted on the pointed prows, highly suggestive of the Phoenicians from whom it is believed the people of Nazare are descended…" <18>

"Along the coast there are the famous costumes of the fishermen as in Nazare, with the long, black knit cap dating from the Phoenician fishermen and the plaid wool shirts and pantaloons that are the proud badge of one of the last remaining totally masculine professions. There is the design of the fishing boats of Aveiro and Nazare, with the long, upswept and pointed prows and the occasional mystic eyeball painted on the side, to protect the fisherman from who knows what unseen powers...in ancient times the Phoenicians used to ply the [Portuguese] coast. The fishermen of Nazare and Aveiro are traditionally of Phoenician descent. This can be seen today in the unusual and ancient design of their boats-soaring pointed bows with mystical symbols painted on…" <19>

Katherine Vaz, "Saudade"-"...the docked boats [are] painted crimson, sienna, cream, and sky-blue and decorated, as the Phoenicians had done to protect voyagers, with eyes on either side of the prows."

"The Portuguese people first encountered wine when the Phoenicians entered the southern part of the country around 600 BC. They brought grape varieties with them that became so well established that many have survived for 2,500 years and are not grown elsewhere…" <20>

"During the spring following the harvest, the Port (Portuguese wine) is moved to the shipper's lodges. For hundreds of years this was accomplished by way of the Douro River on flat-bottomed boats called Barcos Rabelos. The Barcos Rabelos were designed in a fashion similar to the ships of the ancient Phoenicians who plied these waters thousands of years before them…" <21>

"Encyclopaedia Britannica", "Boat" (article), 1911 Edition-"On the Douro, in Portugal, it is said that the boats which may be seen laden with casks of wine, trailing behind them an enormously long steering paddle, are of Phoenician ancestry, and that the curious signs, which many of them have painted on the cross board over the cabin, are of Semitic origin though now undecipherable."

Richard Barker, "Sources for Lusitanian Shipbuilding", Lisbon Round Table, September 1998: Archaeology of Medieval and Modern Ships of Iberian-Atlantic Tradition-"In antiquity, Lusitania shared the Celtic heritage of the west of Europe: rafts and primitive types have been recorded, skin boats are referred to (and even reconstructed); dug-outs too. We then have notice of Phoenician influence...The traces of some of this history can be seen in Portugal's inshore fishing craft, some of which are considered to be of...Phoenician origin, iconographically, and from the known trade routes...lasting northern influence had reached the Douro in the fifth century: Filgueiras has demonstrated that the boats and ploughs alike of the Douro region match those of the Suevi from the southern Baltic area."

"Aveiro is known as the "Venice of Portugal". It is located on the great Ria and sliced by three canals each spanned by arched bridges. Once a wealthy centre for fishing, salt-panning and the gathering of a water weed used for fertilizer, it still possesses considerable charm including the brightly painted 'moliceiro' boats with high curved bows which are of Phoenician origin…" <22>

Vitor Veiga, "Podengo Portugues"-"...the Podengo (Portugal's national breed of small dogs)...descends from the Pharaoh Hound of high old Egypt. This...type of dog [was] dispersed from...the north of Africa and the Mediterranean coast. The Phoenicians introduced the breed to Portugal."

"The Portuguese have a rich tradition of world exploration and trade, and the resulting sense of independence allowed them to develop a wine identity quite separate from the rest of Europe. In a country that has exported quantities of wine since the twelfth century, tradition is not easily tampered with...Perched on the western edge of the European continent, Portugal has received and produced world traders as far back as the Phoenicians who brought the first grapevines around 600 BC...But despite their seafaring heritage, few rural Portuguese ever traveled beyond the closest villages. Anchored to their land throughout the centuries, vintners maintained hundreds of historical varieties, some of which defy identification or occur nowhere else…" <23>

The Dhajsa ferry boats in Malta are Phoenician in their design with the Eye of Osiris, the Phoenicians' god of protection against evil, carved on their prows. As read previously, the Phoenician superstition was propagated amongst the Phunite/Punic Portuguese. Phoenician-style 'moliceiro' boats are found only on the Ria and still made in the village of Murtosa, where local families, working and living together, have built and decorated these unique boats over many centuries.

<6> Herodotus, 4.49; Rufus Festus Avienus, "Ora Maritima"; N. Lamboglia, "I Cynetes del Portogallo e il 'Litus Cyneticum' ", Ruscino, pp. 37-39

<7> F. Mayet, C.T. Silva, "Presen a fenicia no Baixo Sado", 1993, pp. 127-142; V.H. Correia, "Os materiais pre-romanos de Conimbriga e a presen a fenicia no baixo vale do Mondego", Lisboa, 1993, pp. 229-283; M. V. Gomes, "O estabelecimento fenicio-punico do Cerro da Rocha Branca (Silves)", pp. 73-107; L. Barros, J. L. de Cardoso, A. Sabrosa, "Fenicios na margem sul do Tejo: Economia e integra ao cultural do povoado do Almaraz Almada; Os fenicios no territorio portugues", Lisboa, 1993, pp. 143-181

<8> Carlos A.B. Castelo, "Finally Unveiled: The Mystery of the Writings on the Herouns (Stellas) of the Southwest of the Iberian Peninsula"

<9> Castelo, "Confronto de caracteres pre-historicos"

<10> Jorge de Alarcao, Universidade do Coimbra, "Etnografia da Fachada Atlantica Ocidental da Peninsula Iberica"

<11> Jesus Rodriguez Ramos, "Pre-Roman Languages and Writing Systems of Spain and Portugal"

<12> Apiano, "Iber.", 56

<13> Justin, 44.3

<14> Jorge de Alarcao (Universidade do Coimbra), "Etnogeografia da fachada atlantica ocidental da Peninsula Iberica", pp. 339-345

<15> "Altapedia", Copyright 1993-2001, Latimer Clarke Corporation, Pty. Ltd.

<16> Cruising Association, Copyright 2000

<17> Maisturismo Edicoes e Publicidade, SA, Portugal Travel Guide, Copyright 2002

<18> Adventures Abroad

<19> Israeli Travelnet by Bazak

<20> "Wines of Portugal: A Country's Transformation", brochure

<21> Copyright 1996-2000, Into Wine, a Division of M2 Communications

<22> Portugal Travel Team, B & F Projectus, Publicidade e Consultoria

<23> "About Wines", Copyright 2002 Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Co.

<24> "Le lettere di el-Amarna", edited by Mario Liverani, Paideia, 1998, 2 volumes

2. Encouragement
From: Francishynds
Subject: Re: "Brit-Am Now"-505
All power should be given to such a site as Brit-Am during this present earthly state, it boosts those from all human labels that slowly are beginning to see truth. Though our identities may not be realized or recognized by satanic ' wisdom' , it can be appreciated that we are verging close to the eventual revelation that soon may well be made clear. Those of Israel that rest in the United States, Britain, and various other parts of Europe are indifferent to the plight of their brothers and sisters in the modern day state of ' Israel' , South Africa and Ulster. The fact that these people still strive for existence, that's what keeps them awake, while the others sleep, feel isolated by worldly propaganda that attempts to dominate their true destiny. Talk of peace, when there is no peace, is useless! May The Heavenly Father bless all the efforts that express the truth, freedom will then come surely afterwards!

3. Stick of Judah placed on Ephraim.
From: J B
The Rabbis believe, based on Ezekiel 37: 15-21, the "Two Sticks Prophecy", that the Hebrew of this text indicates that the stick of Judah is placed upon Ephraim, indicating authority ... the same authority vested by Ya'akov's prophetic blessing to Judah in Genesis 49:10 ... and that the exiles of the Lost Ten Tribes when they return will convert and unite with Judah, until the time that Moshiach is here when a different process of affirmation or renewal to Covenant may replace conversion. Needless to say, while we hope and pray for Moshiach's speedy arrival, we do not know whether that event will, in fact, be in our lifetime, so ... at present ... conversion is the ONLY way for Ephraim to unite with Klal [Whole Community of] Yisrael and come home. Brit-Am Comment: Brit-Am does not recommend that anyone convert to Judaism but neither is Brit-Am against it. Everyone must make their own decision. At this stage the time is not ripe for any major changes involving large numbers of people. Brit-Am restricts itself to the three Rs for which it was founded: Research, Revelation (i.e. Propagation of the information), and Reconciliation between Joseph and Judah. It is the Brit-Am understanding that these three Rs will be basic and preliminary to Whatever happens in the future.

4. The Messianic Era will Solve All Problems
From: Rosemary
Subject: RE: Jerusalem News-335

Shalom Yair,
In response to Ginny's concern; it is important to remember that there are certain prophecies that need to be fulfilled before recognition of Ephraim and the need for reunification occur. A teacher will be groomed out of Ephraim but first, this man who has the correct heredity has to walk through his own corrections with his Mashiach. When this occurs, the teacher will be ready and the students will be prepared to hear what he has to say.

Best wishes for patience and long suffering.

R. Fermenich

5. Ephraim Amongst Australians and Kin
From: Lorraine Harvey
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News-335
RE the letter from Ginny Adams,

I believe the battle at Beer Sheva in 1917, where the Australian Light horse had that miraculous horse mounted charge that won the wells of Beer Sheva, and routed the Austrian and ottoman empire, was about G-d calling Ephraim to fight for Judah and help liberate her. I have noted that the graves of the fallen soldiers buried in the war memorial grave sites around Israel are from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Scotland, Ireland and some from Israel I also know that Canada was represented because a friend of mine has a Canadian father who was in Australia at the time the war broke out and enlisted in the Australian army. So the Ephraimite nations were fighting in the battle to liberate Judah and the Southern Kingdom.

I also believe of late that G-d will eventually call all of Judah back to the land of Israel from all the places of the world and that the Northern Kingdom will then return. G-d will change the hearts and minds of the powers that be at exactly the right time just as he changed the mind of Pharaoh in the days of Moses. G-d will never allow all the Jews of the world to be mustered to the land of Israel only to be annihilated by the evil world powers, for when everything looks hopeless He will return and great will be His victory at Armageddon and He will rescue His people and show His great power to the kings of the earth, and Israel and the Jewish people (and the Northern Kingdom) will never be put to shame by the nations again. Zechariah 12, Zechariah 14

Blessings and shalom,

Lorraine Harvey, Australia

6. Issachar - Finland
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Tapani Kuparinen (Suomi) Finland, now reciding in Florida .
My heart is leaping....Me,, tribe of Issachar.....!

Brit-Am Comment: We have identified Issachar primarily with Switzerland and with Finland. Concerning Switzerland we seem to have reached very few people but in regards to Finland quite a number have become aware of us. Actually in Finland we see elements of Issachar, Gad, and Simeon with Issachar predominating. So far all those from Finland who have contacted us seem to agree with the identification with Issachar.
This is not always the case with our other identifications.

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According to the Bible ten out of the twelve tribes of Israel split away (1-Kings 12:19), formed their own kingdom of "Israel" (1-Kings 12:20) and were exiled by the Assyrians (2-Kings 17:18). They forget their identity (Hosea 1:9 7:8 Isaiah 49:21) and became the Lost Ten Tribes. In the future they will re-unite with the Jews (Ezekiel 37, Isaiah 11:13 Jeremiah 3:18) of "Judah" but until then they have a role of their own to fulfill. They were destined to be situated at the continental extremities of the earth such as North America, the British Isles, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa (Deuteronomy 33:13 Isaiah 24:16 26:15 41:8-9 49:6), to be the richest (Genesis 27:28 49:25 Deuteronomy 33:13-16 Hosea 2:8), and most powerful (Numbers 24:8-7 Micah 5:7-9) nations on earth and to control major international strategic bases (Genesis 22:16-17 24:60). All of these points together with numerous others show that descendants of the Lost Ten Tribes can only be found amongst Western Nations especially the English-speaking ones.

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