Various Traditions in Irish Mythology
|Various Traditions no.14 by Yair Davidiy
Irish MythologyAnother source of Classical Irish Mythological History are The "Annals of Clonmacnoise", that were written sometimes after ca.1408 CE:
"Annals of Clonmacnoise, From the Creation to a.d. 1408," translated into English by Conell MacGeoghagan, a.d.1627; ed. Rev.D.Murphy, Dublin 1896, University Press.
In these Annals a certain Bartholome is mentioned as coming to Ireland in the time of Semiramis who the author states lived at the time of Abraham. Semiramis historically was actually the mother or the widow of Pul. Pul was a king of Assyria who was responsible for exiling at least part of the Israelites. Pul has been identified (maybe wrongly) with Tiglathpileser-III. It is believed that Pul is another name for Tiglathpileser but this may be wrong. At all events Pul was one of the Assyrian monarchs responsible for exiling the Northern Israelites (1-Chronicles 5:26). Assuming that Bartholome does represent an historical group who did come to Ireland at the time of Semiramis we can say that Bartholomew came at the time when the Northern Israelites were exiled from Israel. The author of thee Annals probably made the mistake of linking Semiramis with the time of Abraham since the Church Father Eusebius also made the error of ascribing Semiramis to the period of Abraham.
An old English version by Roberts (quoted by RAYMOND F. McNAIR, "America And Britain In Prophecy," 1996, U.S.A. ) of this same tradition said that the people who were led by Bartholome who sailed to Ireland came from Israel via Spain.
"The Annals of Clonmacnoise" say that "Jaruanell" was amongst those who came next to Ireland. He came from Greece along with Brittan who was the ancestor of the Welsh. The name "Jaruanell" is another form of the name IAR who was an ancestor of peoples in Ireland and Scotland and identified as Yair of the Bible. Yair belonged both to the Tribe of Menasseh and to the Tribe of Judah. The Assyrians referred to the descendants of Yair as the Iari.
"The Annals of Clonmacnoise" say that "The Tower of Conyn" (of "Conan" in other versions) was conquered by invading Fomorians. The "Ffirvolge" also invaded Ireland. The "Ffirvolge" in other accounts are called the Fir Bolge or sons of Bolge and they were the Belgae, groups of whom settled in Britain, Ireland, and Belgium.
"The Annals of Clonmacnoise" say that The "Twathy de Dannan" came from Greece. In other accounts these people, called by the Annals "Twathy de Dannan" are usually referred to as the "Tuatha de Dannan" meaning the "People of Dana". They were from the tribe of Dan. There was a strong connection in Ancient Times between the Greeks and the Israelite Tribe of Dan. The founder of Greek Civilization in Greek eyes was called Danaus. Ancient Classical authors (such as Manetho and Diodorus of Sicily) identified Danaus of Greek tradition with Dan of Israel. In Hebrew Greece is Javan and the Prophet Ezekiel linked Dan and Javan (Greece) together as traders with the Phoenician city of Tyre on the coast of Lebanon.
[Ezekiel 27:19] DAN ALSO AND JAVAN GOING TO AND FRO OCCUPIED IN THY FAIRS: BRIGHT IRON, CASSIA, AND CALAMUS, WERE IN THY MARKET.