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Descendants of Tamar Tephi, Princess Of Judah

Generation No. 1

      1. Tamar52 Tephi, Princess Of Judah (Zedekiah (Mattaniah) King Of51 Judah, Josiah King Of50, Ammon King Of49, Manasseh48, Hezekiah47, Ahaz46, Jotham King Of45 Judah, Uzziah44, Amaziah43, Joash King Of42 Judah, Ahaziah41, Jehoram (Joram) King Of40 Judah, Jehoshaphat39 (Josaphat), Asa King Of38 Judah, Abijah37 (Abia), Rehoboam36 (Roboam), Solomon King Of35 Israel, King Of Israel34 David, Jesse33, Obed32, Booz31, Salmon30, Naasson29, Aminadab28, Aram27, Esrom26, Pharez25, Judah24, Jacob23, Isaac22, Abram21 (Abraham), Terah20, Nahor19, Serug18, Reu17, Peleg16, Eber15, Shelah14, Arpachshad13, Shem12, Noah11, Lamech10, Methuselah9, Enoch8, Jared7, Mahalaleel6, Cainan5, Enos4, Seth3, Adam2, God1 Almighty, Creator Of The Universe) She married Eochaid I (Heremon) King Of Ireland, son of King Milesius and Scota.

Notes for Tamar Tephi, Princess Of Judah:

We left the Prophet Jeremiah, with his great-granddaughter, the Princess Royal (or, rather, Queen of Judah) Tamar Tephi, his secretary Baruch, and their following, at the Port of Baal-Boaz (now Bilboa), near to the Yum Birska, or "evil sea" (Bay of Biscay), waiting for a passage to the "Isles which are beyond the Sea" (Jer. 25:22); whither, according to "the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God" (Acts 2:23), he was destined to convey the Heiress of Israel's Royal Line, with the "Sceptre of Judah" (Gen. 49:20).

And looking back to that far-off time when The Great Disposer of Events had prepared an asylum for the "Weeping Prophet" and his royal charge (where they could join their fellow-countrymen in a land secure from all assaults of their enemies), we are lost in wonder at the marvelous provision of The Almighty, Who "doeth all things well"; and cannot avoid the conviction that Jeremiah was acting throughout under the special guidance and protection of Him Whose "judgments are unsearchable, and His ways past finding out" (Mark 7:37; Rom. 11:33). Truly, "The thing proceeded from the Lord!" (Gen. 24:50).

Here we leave the mists of Tradition for the more sure ground of established History; and the facts I am now about to relate can be readily verified by reference to the ancient Irish, Scottish, and English Chronicles, from which I have gathered the following items of interest.

In or about the year 583-582 B.C. (some four years after the Destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar), there arrived at the Port in the North-East of Ireland, now known as Carrickfergus (in a ship belonging to the Iberian Danaan), an aged man named Ollam Fodhla, accompanied by an "Egyptian" Princess of surpassing beauty, dignity, and charm, bearing the name of Tamar or Tea Tephi, and the former's secretary, one Simon Brug. They brought with them a massive, strongly-secured and mysterious Chest or Case, which they regarded with the utmost reverence and guarded with jealous care, a Golden-colored Flag or Banner, having blazoned upon it the device of a Red Lion, and a large rough Stone.

Furnished with letters of recommendation to Eochaidh II, the Danite Ardagh ("Heremon," or Head King of Ireland), the strangers made their way to Clothair (afterwards "Torah" or "Tara," - "the Hill of the Law"), the royal residence at this period. Here their credentials obtained for the wanderers an honorable and deferential reception at the Court of the Irish Monarch, to which no doubt the stately beauty of the "Egyptian" Princess in no small degree contributed.

This King Eochaidh must have been a good and well-disposed man, for, under the influence of Ollam Fodhla, he purified his Court, if not, indeed, his entire kingdom, from many abuses; abolished the idols and asherahs or carved wooden objects of veneration, and set up a pure monotheistic forth of worship in the place of the Baalism of his fathers.

He also instituted a more regular form of government, promulgated just laws and statutes fixed and regulated the feasts according to Ollam Fodhla's instructions, and founded schools; thus laying the foundations of that collegiate and advanced educational system known to have existed in Ireland in times long anterior to the Christian Era. There can be no doubt but that a state of high civilization obtained in Ireland at the period of which I write; and this was materially improved and strengthened during the reigns of Eochaidh and his immediate successors.

A reference to Moore's beautiful sonnet -

"The harp that once through Tara's halls" -

will serve to confirm and illustrate this point.

We may naturally and reasonably suppose that the Ardagh Eochidh's ready acquiescence in Ollam Fodhla's sweeping changes in the religion and government of his country, and the personal reformation of himself and his subjects, were not uninfluenced by thoughts of the beautiful Jewish Princess, who is described in very ancient ballads as

"The Daughter of the Pharoahs,
With a royal prosperous smile."

However this may be, the Danite King wooed - "spake kindly to the damsel" (Gen. 34:3) - and won her heart; and finally proposed matrimony. Ollam Fodhla readily gave his consent to the marriage of his young Charge with Eochaidh, the Ardagh or Head King, and Tamar or Tea Tephi became in due course the Queen Consort of Ireland.

The rough, square Stone, brought with the Princess, playing an important part in the marriage ceremony, for the royal couple were united before this "Stone of Destiny" as a silent witness of their solemn union (Gen. 49:24; Josh. 24:27; I Sam. 7:12); and they were subsequently crowned upon it, with the newly-made Queen's Golden Banner waving over them.

Please note that the "Stone of Destiny" is actually spoken about in the Holy Bible. Read the following passages: Genesis 28:11 to Genesis 35.15. This is the stone that Jacob used as a pillow to lay his head on. , The stone is spoken about again in Exodus 17:12 - Exodus 17:15 as the stone that Moses sat upon. Also there is a reference to the rock that Moses struck to get water for the Isralites in Numbers Chapter 20. This is the same stone that was put under the Coronation Chair of the Kings and Queens of Scotland, Ireland, and England for centuries. The different names for the stone are: The Stone Of Destiny, The Stone Of Scone, Jacob's Pillow, The Stone Of Ascension, The Coronation Stone, and The Stone Of Israel.

This constitutes the first Transference of the Sceptre of Judah into another family but still of the "Stock of Abraham" (Acts 13:26).

Deeply and irradicably imbedded in the poetry and historic folk-lore of the Sister Isle is a tradition quite 2,500 years old, to the effect that the little company of strangers, consisting of Ollam Fodhla, Tamar Tephi, and Simon Brug, were none other than the Prophet Jeremiah, King Zedekiah's Eldest Daughter, now the Queen of Judah, and Baruch, the former's amanuensis or secretary.

And what more natural, even from the merely human point of view (leaving out of consideration for the moment the designs, promises, and guidance of The God of Israel), than that when they fled out of Egypt in order to escape the impending fury of Nebuchadnezzar, - they should seek an asylum among their compatriots of Dan and Asher who had been established in Iberia and Ierne (Ireland) for upwards of 1,000 years, and with whom there was constant communion with their old home?

"Ollam Fodhla" is the Hibernianized form of the ancient Hebrew words signifying "learned prophet" or "seer," and what more appropriate appellation could have been found for the venerable Jeremiah, now upwards of 70 years old? And how natural and imperative it would be for him, a prophet and priest of The Holy One of Israel (Jer. 1:1-4), to undertake a reformation in the government, religion, education, and everyday life of the people in the land whither God had sent him? (Jer. 1:10; ibid. 15:11, 14, 19-21); a land where the worship of the God of Israel had long since died out and been replaced by the adoration of Baal and the other impure gods and goddesses of Zidon, Tyre, and Philistia.

Besides being the son of Hilkiah, the High Priest of Josiah's day (2 Kings 22:4; Jer. 1:2), Jeremiah was closely connected with the Royal Family of Judah through Josiah's marriage with the Prophet's daughter, Hamutal (2 Kings 23:31; 2 Chron. 35:25; 2 Kings 24:18); and according to Rabbinical tradition, he was descended from Rahab, and thus was remotely connected with the Royal House of David. Thus the Princess Tamar Tephi (the "Palm Beautiful" of Judah), and Jeremiah the prophet-priest, representing the Royalty and Priesthood of the House of Israel (both uprooted in Palestine), were now planted, and about "to take root downward" in the Hii-i-yum ("Islands beyond the sea"), the refuge promised long ago to David (2 Sam. 7:10, 11 and 16; Jer. 33:17-26); - where Israel and Judah were to settle down and move no more until Shiloh come" (Gen. 49:10); - where "David's throne was to be established for ever"; - where the "Ark of God," the "Sceptre of Judah," and the "State of Israel" now rests (the first in the hill of Tara, the second in the Castle of Edinburgh, and the third at Westminster [now, 2002, also in Edinburgh]): - and where the throne of the "Sweet Psalmist of Israel" still flourishes; which is now [2007] occupied by their Majesties Queen Elizabeth II, and Her Gracious Consort, Prince Phillip, who are both of "the House and Lineage of David" (1 Chron. 15:1; Luke 2:4). But I must not anticipate.

Tamar Tephi - the eldest daughter of Zedekiah, and, after her father's deposition and the slaughter of all her brethren (2 Kings 25:6 and 7), the de facto Queen of Judah - was named after her remote ancestress, Tamar, the daughter-in-law of Judah (Gen. 38:6), and this name ("a palm"), a favorite cognomen for ladies of the Royal Family of Judah (1 Chron. 3:9; 2 Sam. 14:27), was indicative of her high parentage, while the qualifying affix, Tephi ("beautiful" or "endearing"), also formed an appropriate designation for the lovely Jewish Princess.

Ancient Irish poetry (in which she is called Tea Tephi) is full of her praises; of her lofty birth, her stormy life in Jerusalem and at Tahpanhes in Egypt (Jer. 43:5-7); her voyage to Spain and thence to Ireland, and of her splendid destiny as the Consort of the Irish Ardagh. And truly she must have been a beautiful character this Irish Queen! Helping forward the reforms suggested to her Consort, the Ardagh or Head King, by her great-grandfather Jeremiah, and assisting to ameliorate the lot of her adopted country; thus endearing herself to the people, and establishing such a hold upon their affection and gratitude, that this is reflected in the history and flowing poetry of ancient Ireland. Truly, "her children rose up and called her blessed; her husband also, he praised her" (Prov. 31:28).

In process of time, the good and beautiful Queen Tamar, or Tea Tephi, died, loved and venerated by all Ireland. She was buried in the Hill of Tara, in a large tomb or repository 60 feet square, now covered with a huge mound; and with her was buried the large mysterious chest or case and its equally mystical contents, which was brought to Ireland on her arrival in that country, and which she directed should be interred with her.

On this point the talented Authoress, "Theta," in her pamphlet,

"The Eagles and the Carcass" (pp. 37 and 38) remarks: "Meanwhile the Ark of the Covenant rests in its hiding place in Ireland until the time comes for its restoration, which will be when 'The Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.' Some years ago, when Balfour was Prime minister, he was asked in the House of Commons to grant permission for search to be made for the Ark in the Hill of Tara, in which, tradition said, it was concealed. For some reason not given, this request was refused. The time had not arrived" [The words italicized are thus emphasized in the original].

Perhaps "Theta" is not aware that Earl Balfour is one of those who question all revealed religion, and that, in 1879, he published "A Defence of Philosophic Doubt," and in 1895 "The Foundations of Belief" and, probably, his attitude towards the Christian Faith, had much to do in influencing him to refuse the application for disturbing the Mound upon the Hill of Tara.

But this Mound on Tara's Hill will yet be opened, and this by a Royal Order which no Prime Minister will "be able to gainsay or resist" (Luke 21:15).

The following letter was published in the London Daily Telegraph around 1930:
Sir,- Lord Rothermere's article on Ulster awakened happy memories.
But I am concerned for Jeremiah! He appears to have been buried in at least two, if not three places! Lord Rothermere mentions St. Mary's Abbey in County Fermanagh. That means on the island in Lough Erne, and this is vouched for by an Irish colonel friend of mine - and who should know better, for he traces is descent from the Milesian kings? Others prefer Tara. Professor Macalister will have none of these things: and he is a Professor of Celtic History and a very learned gentleman indeed,
Lord Rothermere credits the story to the British Israelites, but I remember that in 1873, when I was twelve, our jaunting-car driver said to my parents and to me: "You know whin [sic] Jeremiah the Prophet was in Ireland ..." What more he said I cannot remember, but those words, which appeared so absurd at the time, have remained in my mind ever since, and I would wager that he wasn't a British Israelite.
Harrison Hill, Adelphi-Terrace, London W.C.

Meanwhile Ollam Fodhla (the venerable Prophet Jeremiah) died, and was buried on Devenish Island, the "Holy Isle" in the Lower Lough Erne, two miles from Enniskillen. No dwelling-house has ever been erected on this Sacred Isle, which is held in reverential awe by the people of the surrounding districts. A row of two miles from the town of Enniskillen, down Lower Lough Erne, will land the visitor on this holy island of Devenish; and here, besides the ruins of an ancient Priory and a still older Abbey - in the latter of which the sarcophagus containing the dust of Jeremiah the Prophet may still be seen (though an illustration in my possession displays this venerable relic as without the lid), - stands what may be pronounced to be the most perfect Round Tower in the whole of Ireland.

Here on this lone Isle of Devenish in the Lower Lough Erne - the beautiful and widening expanse of water (twenty-two miles in length and nine in breadth), which has been aptly styled the "Windermere" and the "Lomond" of Ireland - and encircled by the grand panorama of the Blue Stack, Cuilgach, and Benbulben mountains in the distance, the dust of the Weeping Prophet of old Jewry rests; in sure and certain hope of "the redemption of he body" (Rom. 8:23) in that "better resurrection" (Heb. 11:35) when "He Who is our life shall appear" (Col. 3:4), and all who have departed this life in His faith and fear "shall be like Him," (1 John 3:2), and "fashioned like unto His Glorious Body," (Phil. 3:21) - "at His Appearing and His Kingdom!" (2 Tim. 4:1) (Rom. 8:23; Heb. 11:35; 1 John 3:2; Phil. 3:10, 11, and 21; 2 Tim. 4:1; 1 Cor. 15:21-23).

Concerning the death of Jeremiah, a certain Preterist Commentary remarks:- " According to Christian tradition" - a comprehensive and vague ,assertion (Mark 7:7-9, and 13; Col. 2:8; Isa. 8:20; 29:13-16) - he met a martyr's death at Tahpanhes, being stoned to death by the Jews, who resented his faithful reproofs. He also makes a dying protest (!) against the idolatrous worship practiced by his countrymen. We have no notice of his death in the Bible." [The One Volume Bible Commentary, pp. 454 and 456].

Of Simon Brug (Baruch), the confidential Secretary and faithful friend of Jeremiah, who shared in all the Prophet's wanderings (being promised special protection by The Almighty, Jer. 45:2-5), and his place of sepulture, I cannot speak with so much certainty; but the Dean of St. David's can point out his resting place.

Thus, by the momentous and epoch-making marriage of Tamar Tephi, the eldest daughter and heiress of Zedekiah (the last King of Judah), to Eochaidh the Second, Ardagh ("Heremon" or Head-King of Ireland), in 580 B.C., the "Sceptre of Judah" and "Shepherd Stone of Israel" were conveyed into the royal Dano-Asherian (Israelitish) House then reigning in the Sister Isle. We shall see, as we proceed with our story, how six more transfers have occurred before our day; and the "Signs of the times" clearly indicate that the time is rapidly approaching when these emblems of Israel's Sovereignty will be surrendered into the Hands of Him "Whose rights they are," and in the "City of the Great King!" (Gen. 49:10 R.V. and Marg.; Ezek. 21:25-27; Matt. 5:35; Psalm 47:2; Micah 4:6-8).

From this auspicious union of the Princess Royal (de jure) and Queen (de facto) of Judah to the Head of the Iberian (Israelitish) House then reigning in Ireland there sprang a long Line of Ardaghs or Overlords, who, for 1,000 years, sat on the Stone of Israel and wielded the Sceptre of Judah over the entire Island: until in process of time, and through default of heirs-male, these ensigns of authority passed into another reigning House, also of Iberian (Israelitish) origin. A list of these Dano-Asherian Head-Kings of Ireland, together with their Successors on the thrones of Argyll, Scotland, and England, will be found in Note 2 in the Appendix.

The last of the Ardaghs of Ireland of the illustrious House of the Nials - Murtough, grandson of the celebrated "Nial of the Nine Hostages" - dying without surviving male issue, his interests in the Sceptre of Judah and all authority attaching to the possession of this royal emblem of the "House and Lineage of David," devolved upon his daughter, Princess Earca, who has frequently been erroneously described as a Keltic or Pictish princess! This Royal Lady was married to the Milesian or Scottish Prince or Sub-King, Muireadhach, whose kingdom lay on the Eastern Coast of the island, having for its capital Abilene or Eblana (Dublin). This marriage of Princess Earca constitutes the Second Transfer of the Sceptre of Judah.

The Overlordship of Ireland then passed into a collateral Branch of the Royal House; but the office and status of Head-King of Ireland was perpetuated down to the time of the English invasions (1169-1171), when these were held by Roderic O'Connor whose lineal descendant, The O'Connor Don, is with us to this day.

In like manner, although Zeargus, or Feargus, the son of Muireadhach and Earca, invaded Caledonia at the head of his Scottish retainers about the year 485 or 486 A.D., yet the old Zarahite Scottish Kingdom in Ireland continued for some time after his departure. We read in Bede's Ecclesiastical History:- 'In the 604th year of our Lord's Incarnation, the King of the Scots did gather unto himself a large army in his city of Dublin, thinking therewith to come to the assistance of Cadwalla of Wales: but King Ethelfrith beat the Welsh near Chester before he could cross the sea." The translator adds a footnote:" Wherever Scotland is referred to in this book, Ireland is indicated: the Scots not having left this latter country for Caledonia." (Bohn's Edit. of Bede's Ecclesiastical History): and an old map depicts the N.E. of Ireland (roughly, the Eastern half of Ulster), as "Scot's Land."


Jeremiah, Ireland, the Stone of Scone, and the English Kings ... Tamar Tephi: or The Maid of Destiny, by John Dunham-Massey, 1918, and J. J. Pearson, 1924. London.

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