Shalom dear Steve

Recenly i have read some short fragments from “The Book of Tephi”. She was an Israelite Princess running away from Israel in 583 B.C. toward Ireland. During her trip with the prophet Jeremiah she stopped in Egypt & then in Gibraltar, which was a Phoenician/Israelite colony, and she was crowned Queen by the Gadites living there in Gibraltar.

The Spanish city of Cádiz is about 60 kilometers from Gibraltar. Cádiz was founded by the Phoenicians who called it Gadir and traded Baltic amber and British tin, as well as Spanish silver about 1,100 years B.C., which makes it not only the oldest city in Europe but also probably in the western world. Cádiz enjoyed a long life over 3,000 years! The name of the people living in Cádiz today is Gaditanos which is really close to Gadites. Since Cádiz was a Phoenician colony so close to the Gadites(living in Gibraltar) which crowned Queen Tephi, do you think Steve, Cádiz(then Gadir) was another Gadite settlement?

Daniel Álvarez Malo


Shalom Daniel,

We are in agreement re: the Israelite/Phoenician port city of Gadir (or Gades) in ancient Spain. Now called Cadiz, this city was an important port-of-call for Israelite/Phoenician ships as they sailed between the Mediterranean Sea and destinations in either Europe or the Americas. I also think this ancient port city was named after the tribe of Gad. In my book, Israel’s Lost Empires, I make that very point.

In that same book, I also examine the voyage of Jeremiah through the ancient Phoenician ports of Carthage, Cadiz, etc. on his way to the island we now call Ireland. In that same book, I also examine evidence that Solomon’s chief tax-collector, Adoniram, who is mentioned in I kings 4:6 and 5:14, was killed and buried in ancient Spain during the tax revolt that resulted in the ten tribes revolting from the rule of King Rehoboam, Solomon’s son (see I Kings 12). I Kings 12:18 records that another tax collector/impressment official, Adoram, was stoned to death by the revolting Israelites of the northern ten tribes. This argues that all the tax collectors/impressment officials of Kings Solomon and Rehoboam (such as Adoniram) also met the same fate wherever they were in the Israelite colonies overseas when this tax revolt occurred.

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