Tarshish occurs in the
Hebrew Biblewith these meanings:
*One of the sons of
*The name of a remote place across the sea which first comes into notice in the days of
Solomon(, are really two names of one nation derived from two different sources, and might indicate the Tyrseniansor Etruscans. Thus the name may denote Italy or the European coasts west of Greece.
Torah, it is also the name of a gem-stone associated with the Tribe of Asherthat has been identified as chrysoliteor aquamarine. [http://www.bible.ort.org/books/torahd5.asp?action=displaypage&book=2&chapter=28&verse=18&portion=20]
*One of King
Ahasuerus' seven advisors who were princes of Persiaand Media. [http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt3301.htm]
In later history
Tarshish is the name of a village in Lebanon. The village is located in the Baabda Kadaa at an elevation of 1400m and is 50 km away from Beirut.
1665, the followers of Shabbatai Zviin İzmirinterpreted the "ships of Tarshish" as Dutch ships that would transport them to the Holy Land.
Some Old Testament scholars believe the Tarshish power to be Britain and possibly related to an Eastern Tarshish, namely India. Some, looking for the 2nd coming of Jesus and the Kingdom of God based round the land of Israel, believe that the prophecies regarding the Tarshish power have their latter day fulfilment in modern times.Who|date=July 2007
Tarshish was also the name of a short-lived political party founded by would-be assassin of Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben Gurion, Moshe Dwek.
The Greek form of the name,
Tharsis, was given by Giovanni Schiaparellito a region on Mars.
Another theory is by Fr.
Francisco CollinSJ. He claims that the Filipino people were descendants of Tarshish.
Herman Melville's novel" Moby-Dick", Father Mapple gives a sermon on the story of Jonah. Father Mapple identifies the Tarshish to which Jonah flees with the portof Cádizin Spain, "as far by water, from Joppa, as Jonah could possibly have sailed in those ancient days, when the Atlantic was an almost unknown sea" (Chapter 9, "The Sermon").
J. D. Muhly, copper, tin, silver and iron: the search for metallic ores as an incentive for foreign expansion. In: Gitin et al. (eds.), Mediterranean Peoples in Transition: 13th to early 10th centuries BC. In Honor of Professor Trude Dothan. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 314-329.
* Hertz J.H. (1936) The Pentateuch and Haftoras. Deuteronomy. Oxford University Press, London.
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