Cup of Tea Tephi Anyone? (25 November, 2014, 5 Kislev, 5775)
We received a couple of questions in effect asking why we do not speak of Tea Tephi. In case you do not know Tea Tephi was supposed to have been one of the daughters of the King of Judah. The Prophet Jeremiah, or Baruch ben Neriah the disciple of Jeremiah, is said to have brought the Princess to Ireland where she married the son of the king. From her line arose the monarchs of Scotland and England. Or so they say. Actually it has not been proven that the lady in question ever existed or was even ever believed in before British Israelite savants about a 100 years ago reconstructed her from obscure passages in Irish legends.
At all events Little Tea has conquered public imagination.
Millions believe in her existence.
Personally the subject never really interested me one way or the other.
Nevertheless it has always been a mystery to me as to what was so special about her, assuming there was such a person.
The lineage of David as King of Israel passed through the male line, not the female one. Severla Jewish families have traditions that they are descended from David in the male line.
There are many ways in which a scion of the House of David could have come to site on the thrones of western peoples as the extracts below indicate.
We know that some of the Kings of the Scythian Tribes were believed to be descended from David. Examples include the Scythian rulers of Sakastan (eastern Iran), Iberia (Caucasus), and the Ruling House of the Khazars. We also know that the ruling houses of all the major Scythian and Gothic groups were interrelated. From these came the Angles and Saxons and related peoples who moved to Britain, Scandinavia, and other areas in the West.
A similar situation may have prevailed amongst some of the "Celtic" groups in the British Isles.
From these ancestors the present day monarchs of Western Nations may be descended.
Sons of David
Descendants of David were to be Among the Rulers of Israel
Another fount of the Davidic line may have penetrated West European nobility via France! There was once a semi-autonomous Principality in Narbonne (southern France) described by Arthur J. Zuckerman (A Jewish Princedom in Feudal France, 768-900, New York, 1972). It was ruled by a Jewish Prince of the House of David whose offspring intermarried with the aristocracy and Royal Line of France and these with that of Normandy, Scotland, and England. Amongst the Welsh, Scottish, English, and other groups in Europe there were families who believed they descended from King David of Judah.
Getting Back to Tea the would-be JAP (Jewish American Princess)
What is the secret of the charm little Tea has had for millions?
Could some kind of psychological or religious doctrinal message be encompassed within her?
Consider the extracts below from an article that succinctly presents the Tea Doctrine:
The Children of Israel
Their Promises and Prophecies of Their Future.
DAVID'S THRONE TO BE OVERTURNED THREE TIMES
Ezekiel 21:25-27. 'Now to you, O profane, wicked prince of Israel [Zedekiah], whose day has come, whose iniquity shall end, thus says the CREATOR. 'Remove the turban, and take off the crown [as did happen, through the first half of Jeremiah's commission]. Nothing shall remain the same. Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted. Overthrown, overthrown, I will make it overthrown! It shall be no longer, until he [Shiloh] comes whose right it is, and I will give it to him.'
Let us understand clearly what the Mighty One said. '...Remove the [official] turban, and take off the crown.' King Zedekiah, of David's dynasty, had the crown and IT WAS REMOVED. He died in Babylon along with his sons and all the male nobles of Judah. Nothing remained the same. The turban & crown did not cease, but a change took place, the throne was overturned and another is to wear the crown. ETERNAL's promise to David is not to go by default! '...Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted.'
The Milesians come primarily from Scythia and the old historians agree that Ireland was ruled by a succession of Milesian monarchs until the reign of Rodrick O'Connor, the last native king.1.
Dr. Hoeh states the brothers Eber and Gede the Heremon arrived in Ireland from the Near East and founded a town, after gaining possession of Ireland, to be the new capital of Ireland. This was before the days of David.
Then, in approximately 569 BCE (date of Jeremiah's transplanting), an elderly, white-haired patriarch, sometimes referred to as a 'saint,' came to Ireland. He brought with him the princess daughter who was of an eastern king and a companion called 'Simon Brach,' spelled in different histories as Breck, Berech, Brach, or Berach. The princess (now the Queen of Israel) had a Hebrew name Tephi, a pet name, her full name being Tea-Tephi. This royal party included the son of the king of Ireland who had been in Jerusalem at the time of the siege. He was prince Eochaidh son of the king of Ireland. There he had become acquainted with Tea-Tephi.
The son of king Heremon and the Hebrew princess continued on the throne of Ireland, and this same dynasty has continued unbroken through all the kings of Ireland. It was overturned and transplanted again into Scotland; again overturned and moved to London, England, where this same dynasty continues today in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth on David's Throne
In view of the linking together of Scriptural history, prophecy, and Irish history, can anyone deny that this Hebrew princess was the daughter of King Zedekiah and therefore heir to the throne of David? That the aged patriarch was in fact Jeremiah, and his companion was the scribe, or secretary, Baruch? That Prince Heremon was a descendant of Gede the Heremon who married the daughter of Zedekiah, thus healing the ancient breach? That when the throne of David was first overturned and Jeremiah replanted it in Ireland, later overturned a second time and replanted in Scotland, overturned a third time and planted in London? At the Advent of the Mashiach to sit on that throne, he shall take over a live, existing throne, not a non-existent one. ETERNAL's word still stands! The Mighty One has kept all His promises!
King George of the British Commonwealth, the king who ruled before Queen Elizabeth II, had a chart published showing his ancestry. It contains every generation back to Heremon and Tephi, to Zedekiah, on back to David!
List of legendary kings of Britain
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tea Tephi is a legendary princess found described in British Israelite literature from the 19th century. Revd F. R. A. Glover, M.A., of London in 1861 published England, the Remnant of Judah, and the Israel of Ephraim in which he claimed Tea Tephi was one of Zedekiah's daughters. Since King Zedekiah of Judah had all his sons killed during the Babylonian Captivity no male successors could continue the throne of King David, but as Glover noted Zedekiah had daughters who escaped death (Jeremiah 43: 6). Glover believed that Tea Tephi was a surviving Judahite princess who had escaped and traveled to Ireland, and who married a local High King of Ireland in the 6th century BC who subsequently became blood linked to the British Monarchy. This theory was later expanded upon by Rev. A.B. Grimaldi who published in 1877 a successful chart entitled Pedigree of Queen Victoria from the Bible Kings and later by W.M.H. Milner in his booklet The Royal House of Britain an Enduring Dynasty' (1902, revised 1909). Charles Fox Parham also authored an article tracing Queen Victoria's linage back to King David (through Tea Tephi) entitled Queen Victoria: Heir to King David's Royal Throne.
The Tea Tephi British-monarchy link is also found in J. H. Allen's Judah's Sceptre and Joseph's Birthright (1902, p. 251). A central tenet of British Israelism is that the British monarchy is from the Davidic line and the legend of Tea Tephi from the 19th century attempted to legitimise this claim. ... A collection of alleged bardic traditions and Irish manuscripts which detail Tea Tephi were published by J. A. Goodchild in 1897 as The Book of Tephi, the work is however considered pseudo-historical or a forgery. There is though a queen called Tea (singular) in Irish mythology who appears in the Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland. She is described as the wife of Erimon a Mil Espaine (Milesian) and dated to 1700 BC (Geoffrey Keating: 1287 BC).
... later British Israelites such as Herman Hoeh (Compendium of World History, 1970) claimed that the Milesian Royal House (including Tea) was from an earlier blood descendant of the Davidic Line who entered Britain around 1000 BC (citing Ruaidhri O Flaithbheartaigh's reduced chronology). Linked to Glover's original claims of Tea Tephi, are Grimaldi and Milner's theory that Jeremiah himself in the company of his scribe Baruch ben Neriah traveled to Ireland with Tea Tephi and that they are found described in Irish folklore and old Irish manuscripts. Some British Israelites identify Baruch ben Neriah with a figure called Simon Berac or Berak in Irish myth, while Jeremiah with Ollom Fotla (or Ollam, Ollamh Fodhla). v
THE CORONATION STONE - Jeremiah in Ireland
JEREMIAH IN IRELAND -- FACT OR FABRICATION?
By John D. Keyser
The key figure in Armstrong's story is, of course, Jeremiah the prophet. According to Worldwide Church of God historian Herman L. Hoeh, Jeremiah the prophet was known in Ireland by the name "Ollam Fodhla." (See "Compendium of World History", vol. I, p. 432). In Armstrong's booklet a similar connection is made; and British-Israelite theorists also claim this as fact. E. Raymond Capt in his book "Jacob's Pillar" makes the SAME assertion: "Many of the ancient Irish records, when making reference to an 'eastern king's daughter,' also mention an old man; 'a patriarch, a saint, a prophet,' called 'OLLAM FODHLA' ....Tradition asserts that Ollam Fodhla was none other than JEREMIAH, the prophet..." (Artisan Sales, Thousand Oaks, CA. 1977. P. 31).
Let me state here and now that I have found NO SUCH TRADITION in the Irish annals!
Why is a Davidic lineage through a phantom, possibly never-existent, female felt to be more interesting than one through the male line?
Why is an ephemeral figure who may never have lived be attached more importance than lineages from David that with a little effort could possibly be confirmed?
What psychological and doctrinal messages does the Tea Tepha image transmit?
Our readers are invited to send us their suggestions.