Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy
Did the Prophet Jeremiah ever visit Ireland?
Jeremiah never visited Ireland as far as we know.
Claims that Jeremiah did make such a journey are based on the Legend of Tea Tephi.
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..... 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..... Tea Tephi however has never been traced to an extant Irish source before the 19th century and critics assert she was purely a British Israelite invention.... 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....
Baruch ben Neriah
Tea Tephi and a Royal Cup of Tea!
Jeremiah never traveled with Princess Tea Tephi to the Emerald Isle.
Nevertheless many people believe he did.
We believe Israelite Tribes did indeed reach Ireland and Britain and other parts of Western Europe.
I have researched it, written books about it, gathered evidence concerning it, and often speak of it.
I may at times present my views before an audience quoting from the Bible, Rabbinical sources, mythology, linguistics, archaeology, and other relevant fields.
The Tuatha de Danaan do have a name recalling the Tribe of Dan and some accounts trace them to Lebanon and Israel.
So too, the Milesians, who comprised the major section of the ancient Irish, said they came from the Middle East and had been with Moses in Egypt.
It can be shown that settlers from Israel and Syria reached the east coast of Spain after 700 BCE.
They were brought there by Phoenicians from Tyre and by Philistines in ships working for the Assyrians (see Amos chs. 1, and 4, and archaeological findings).
They moved to the northwest coast and then northward to Gaul and overseas to Britain and Ireland.
The Tuatha de Danaan were from Dan. The Milesians who may have come after the Danaans appear to have been from Joseph and the Tribe of Asher.
The Picts (who were in Ulster and Scoltand) were from Manasseh.
The only connection we found to Judah (the Tribe of the House of David) was from the Biblical Codes.
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The scenario may be accepted or it may not. A degree of skepticism will often remain.
If however someone else gives them the legend of Jeremiah and Tea Tephi they may be more open to accept it.
This story of Tea Tephi is palpably false or at least improbable.
It is based on sources that are not so reliable and at all events have been misquoted.
This is easily checked.
This tale is a modern form of Mythology.
Nevertheless, like some other Mythological sources, it may yet be found to encapsulate a deeper historical truth.