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1. Question from Jim Wright About the Crimea and Tarshish
Jim Wright wrote:
Greetings Yair -
I was looking over your dolmen updates and noticed you had a link to The Onion regarding the pyramids being a campsite on this page:
Pyramids as campsite:
The Onion is a spoof of the news, a joke site making fun of the news:
And I doubt you want to be using it as a reference for anything.
Also while examining the dolmen updates I noticed the reference to the dolmens in Sweden that resemble some others found in the Crimea, this led me to the Wikipedia article on the Crimea and I noticed the connection with Taurus and was wondering if perhaps this was the Tarshish where Solomon's Navy found so much gold??
>>>>>The name Crimea takes its origin in the name of a city of Qirim (today's Stary Krym) which served as a capital of the Crimean province of the Golden Horde. Qirimm is Crimean Tatar for "my hill" (qir ? hill, -?im ? my). However, there are other versions of the etymology of Qirim. Russian Krym is a Russified form of Qirim. The ancient Greeks called Crimea Tauris (later Taurica), after its inhabitants, the Tauri. The Greek historian Herodotus mentions that Heracles plowed that land using a huge ox ("Taurus"), hence the name of the land, and thereby asserting that these people named their land, and hence themselves, after an ox used by a mythical, Greek figure.
Also I noticed that The Strong's Concordance says 'Tarshish" means "yellow Jasper" was wondering if perhaps this was amber, most of which is found in the Baltic Sea (90%), a long ways from the Crimea, but if a person was going from the Mediterranean to the Baltic Sea Crimea would be on the way, if the overland route was taken??:
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(b) Concerning the identity of Tarshish with the Crimea.
We identify Tarshiush with the Phoenician Tarsis (also known as Tartessos) in southwest Spain.
On the other hand,
the Crimea is a peninsula jutting out into the Blcak Sea. To its west is present-day Bulgaria which together with eastern Greece was known in ancient Times as Thrace.
Josephus, the Jewish historian, may have identified Tarshish as being somewhere in the region of Thrace:
# He [i.e. King Jehohaphat of Judah] was also friendly with the sons of Ahab [of the northern Kingdom of Israel], who ruled over the Israelites, and joined with him in building ships to sail to Pontus [Black Sea area] and the trading stations of Thrace. #
cf. The Biblical Account:
[1-Kings 22:48] JEHOSHAPHAT MADE SHIPS OF THARSHISH TO GO TO OPHIR FOR GOLD: BUT THEY WENT NOT; FOR THE SHIPS WERE BROKEN AT EZIONGEBER.
[2-Chronicles 20:35] AND AFTER THIS DID JEHOSHAPHAT KING OF JUDAH JOIN HIMSELF WITH AHAZIAH KING OF ISRAEL, WHO DID VERY WICKEDLY:
[2-Chronicles 20:36] AND HE JOINED HIMSELF WITH HIM TO MAKE SHIPS TO GO TO TARSHISH: AND THEY MADE THE SHIPS IN EZION-GABER.
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