Is JUDAH in Spain?

Paul intended to visit Spain (Romans 15:24-28). Paul followed the principle of making use of the synagogue to preach first to the Jew, and also to the Gentile. Josephus' Jewish Wars 2:9:6 says Herod Antipas was banished, by order of the Emperor, to Spain. The Emperor Adrian also, after quelling the revolt of Bar Cochba, permitted the Jews who had escaped, or were made prisoners, to establish themselves in Spain. Fifty thousand Jews were transferred by the Emperor Vespasian to Spain. All of these facts seem to prove that the Jews were already established in Spain.

Many of the Hidalgos (Spanish nobles) were of Israelite descent Some of the noble families among Sephardic Jews descend from the House of David. The lion rampant on the coat of arms of the Abarbanel family points to royal lineage. Jachias also claim to be descended from David. The Jews who live in Castile reckon their lineage from King David. Famous Sephardic family names include Senior, da Costas Eardley, Capadoses, Gideon, Belmonte, Nasi, Pacheco, Palache, Azevedo, Sadportas, Curiel, Cansino, Schonenberg, Toledo, Toledano, Teixeira, etcetera. Benjamin Disraeli was Sephardic. Many of Spain and Portugal's sailors and explorer-adventurers (Magellan, Columbus) descended from Israelites who went with the "king's ships" to Tarshish (2 Chr. 9:21) (Noble Families Among The Sephardic Jews by Isaak Da Costa, p. 142- 158)

The lamb with a GOLDEN FLEECE is the insignia of Spain's first order of chivalry. From the book called Spanish Pictures, written over a hundred years ago and illustrated by Gustave Dore, we read that the Spanish city of "TOLEDO, the Jews assert, was settled by their forefathers who fled from Palestine in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, and they derive its name from the Hebrew word TOLEDOTH understanding it to mean, 'the city of GENERATIONS.' It was in the neighborhood of TOLEDO that Taric, the Moslem general, at the time of the conquest of Spain by the Arabs, found that precious table adorned with hyacinths and emeralds which Gelif Alexis, in his description of Spain, calls the table of SOLOMON bar DAVID This table is supposed to have been saved by the captive Jews, with other precious and sacred vessels, from the pillage of the TEMPLE by Nebuchadnezzar, and brought with them to Spain. It was probably the same TABLE of SHEWBREAD spoken of in the Book of Kings and by Josephus."

Canon Lysons said, "The Phoenicians had established an emporium for trade at Tarshish, or Tartessus (1 Ki. 10:21), afterwards GADES, now Cadiz in Spain, more than 1000 years before Christ" ("National Message" 6/6/31, p.356). "Cadiz, founded according to tradition, by Phoenician merchants from Tyre as early as 1100 B.C., had become by the seventh century the great western market for the amber and tin from the Cassiterides ... Its growing trade ... attracted many Greek settlers ... The wealth and importance of GADES were ... great at this time (1st Cent. B.C.)" (Enc. Brit. 14th ed, vol. 4, p.513). The Phoenicians and Greeks were largely ISRAELITE. The IBERIAN peninsula was named after HEBREWS -- specifically ZARAH JUDAH who left Egypt about four centuries before the conquest of Palestine and founded settlements in IBERIA. The EBRO River also. Other Hebrew place names in Spain are: Yepez (Joppa), Tavora (Tabor), Avila (Abila), Gaona (Gaon), Correa (Core), Zachute (Zachut), Meneses (Manasseh), Geremias (Jeremiah), Salema (Salem), Bazan (Bashan), Calatayud (Galatia Judah), Curiel (Ariel), Segub-toi (Heb.) -- "The Fort of the Wanderers" now SAGUNTO. Gaddi (Heb.) -- "Armed troop" then "GADES" now Cadiz. Zarah-u-El (Heb.) "The Brightness of God" now TERUEL. Zarah-gaza (Heb) -- "Stronghold of Zarah now ZARAGOZA (this is the modern Spanish spelling of Saragossa). Arabah-gozan (Heb.) -- the "Plain" or "Pasture" now ARAGON. Baal-boaz (Heb.) -- the "Strength of Baal," now BILBAO. Jum-Birsha (Heb.) -- "Evil Sea" now Bay of BISCAY. Segub-ragan (Heb.) -- The neighbor's fortress" now SEGARA. In C. Forster's "Assyrian Monuments" the writings of the Cochin China Jews record that Nebuchadnezzar sent a fleet into the Mediterranean to conquer the colonies of the Phoenicians; that he gave permission to many of the tribes of Judah, Levi, Benjamin and Simeon to poceed in these ships and form colonies in Spain. This they did, and founded Lusitania, Toledo, Askelon and Makedda (see "A New Key for the Recovery of the Lost Ten Tribes").

Gravestone in Segontium Spain

In the time of Solomon we are assured from monumental evidence that the Israelites were in Spain. These inscriptions in Hebrew were found at Murviedro (Anciently Segontium), and contained the record of the epitaph to Adoniram, the collector of Solomon's tribute for the Temple; and also another to a prince of the House of Judah in the reign of Amaziah (Villalpando, Ezekiel). First Kings 4:6 says, "And Adoniram, the son of Abda, was over the tribute." An ancient tombstone discovered in Spain has this Hebrew inscription: "This is the tomb of Adoniram, the servant of King Solomon, who came to collect tribute, and died here." This is important as bearing on the travels and colonizing of Israel along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Adoniram would not go there to collect tribute unless Solomon was acknowledged as supreme over those from whom the tribute was collected (1 Ki. 5:13-14; 1 Ki. 12:18; 2 Chr. 10:18; 1 Ki. 9:26; 2 Chr. 9:21). Also this must have been a fairly large colony of Israelites to make the trip worthwhile for a prince of the rank of Adoniram. The name Segontium occurs twice in Britain. There was a Caer Sagent in Britain. The modern Chichester (Poste's Britannica Researches, 1853, pp. 154-386) and also another Sagent in North Wales. Saguntum was originally Sergub-toi (fortress of wanderers).

From Isaak Da Costa's Israel and the Gentiles, 1850, pp. 211,213, "We may mention the following names of persons and places in which the relation between Hebrew and the Spanish is most apparent: Yepes (Joppa); Tavora (Tabor); Avila (Abila); Gaona (Gaon); Correa (Core); Zacuto (Zachut). Also Meneses, Calatayud, Geremias, Salema, Curiel, Bazan, and many others.


Is JUDAH in Jutland?

Now we have dealt with Zarah in N. Ireland and Scotland and David's line of Pharez transplanted to N. Ireland. But what about the BULK of PHAREZ JUDAH still in Palestine. They were not David's line. Remember that "the Lord was very angry with ISRAEL, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of JUDAH only" (2 Ki.17:18). ISRAEL was "carried away ... to Assyria" (2 Ki. 17:23). Remember that the TEN TRIBES in the north separated from JUDAH and BENJAMIN in the south in the time of Rehoboam. It was a tax revolt (1 Kings 12). This resulted in two separate nations: the Kingdom of ISRAEL and the Kingdom of JUDAH. We read that "Sennacherib, king of Assyria" came "up against all the fenced cities of JUDAH, and took them" (2 Ki. 18:13; Isa. 36:1). There were 46 fenced cities of JUDAH taken. Over 200,000 of these Jews were taken captive around 700 B.C. One son of PHAREZ JUDAH was called CHELUBAI (1 Chr.2:9) who may have founded the city of CHALYBONITIS in NW Syria. They became the CHALYBES, a people of Asia Minor, near Pontus. They sailed to NORTH AFRICA and were known as "CHALYBES" (Strabo 12:3:19-20) or "CHABYLES" (Strabo 8:278). The symbol of the red hand of Ulster appears among the KABYLES of North Africa, some of whose tribes still preserve the custom of naming male twins Zarah and Pharez and claim to be Israelites (Marcus Fischer, L'Histoired'Israelites de Tunisia, p.23). They are tall, blue-eyed, blond and red-headed. They also migrated to SPAIN and named the CHALYBS River there where Justin 44:3 places the people called CALYBES. These may have become the SEPHARTIC JEWS. Other branches migrated to JUTLAND (Judahland) and then many moved again to Scotland. The JUTES and Danes of Denmark took their names from the JEWS and Danites (p.54, Vetus Chronocon Holsatiae). JUTHINGS were located in Czechoslovakia in the third century A.D. The national heraldic emblems of Denmark are three lions (Gen.49:9) These JUTES or VITAE "settled in Kent and the Isle of Wight together with adjacent parts of Hampshire" (15:609). Only "the inhabitants of Jerusalem" escaped the Assyrian conquest. Grimm's Law states that a "d" sound is identical to a "t" sound. Zephaniah 2:7 says, "the coast shall be for the remnant of JUDAH" so the Bible says some JEWS are in Palestine today.

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