More Proofs Identifying Zebulon with the Netherlands. Was Hamburg named after "Baal Hammon" chief god of the Ancient Phoenician-Carthaginians? Zebulon dwelt in the Low-Land section of the Holy Land as well as in the "Low-Land" area of Europe!
We identify Zebulon with the Netherlands. The Prophecy concerning Zebulon said they they would dwell on the shores of the sea, and that their border would adjoin Sidon (Genesis 49:13), and suck of the sea sands (Deuteronomy 33:19). We found sources indicating that the area of Germany adjoioning the Netherlands, and associated with Hamburg and the Hanseatic League, could be idienfied with Sidon in Biblical terms, see "Identifying Sidon." Even the name of a settlement, as recorded in an edition of Ptolemy, that previously existed on the site of Hamburg, has a name "Caudinge" that was probably pronounced similarly to "Sidon" i.e. "Tsidon" in Phoenician.
It was FORETOLD that Zebulon would Dwell on the Shores of the Sea (Genesis 49:13). This is what the Dutch do and they are the ONLY nation in the world that does it.
# Netherlands literally means "lower countries" in reference to its low elevation and flat topography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) above sea level, and nearly 17% falling below sea level. #
More than 50% of the population dwell on reclaimed sea-land in some for or other. The subsoil in most populated areas is sea -sand.
"His border shall adjoin Sidon" (Genesis 49:13). The Ancient Territory of the Tribe of Zebulon adjoined the Sea of Galilee though in some opinions (which we support) a strip of land pertaining to Zebulon extended to the Mediterranean Coast probably close to Sidon. At all events the main import of the Blessing in Genesis 49 pertained to the End Times.
[ In Northern Frisia the Geography of Ptolemy (ca. 100-170 CE) noted the presence of a people known as "Sebulingoi" i.e. "People of Zebulon!" ]
Orjan Svensson in the message below points out that there weas a Phoenician settlement south of Sidon and Tyre known as "Hammon." In Latin Hamburg is referred to as "Hammonia." Hamburg was originally a fortress named "Hamaburg." There was also the chief Carthaginian god known as "Baal Hammon." The Carthaginians were an offshoot of the Phoenicians and according to Professor Theo Venneman they, along with the Phoenicians, settled parts of Germnany.
... is clearly identified as one of the Phoenician deities covered under the name of Baal.[...Frank Moore Cross argued for a connection to Hamun, the Ugaritic name for Mount Amanus, a peak in the Nur Mountains which separate Syria from Cilicia [southeast Turkey]. In the 19th century, when Ernest Renan excavated the ruins of Hammon... between Tyre and Acre, he found two Phoenician inscriptions dedicated to El-Hammon.
Orjan Svensson also notes how the Tribal apportionment of Zebulon probably adjoined both the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea. Most of Zebulon traditionally it has been assumed would have been founded by the Sea of Galilee. This area would also be considered a "Lowland" region. The meaning of the name "Netherlands" is 'Low-Lands'!
The Sea of Galilee,
.. is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake in the world (after the Dead Sea, a saltwater lake), at levels between 215 metres (705 ft) and 209 metres (686 ft) below sea level..
Wiktionary writes:"From the name of a fortress in the area, Hammaburg, first element of uncertain origin (possibly Old High German Hamme ("bend, angle")) + -burg ("castle")."
"To make matters more complicated, Josephus reported "The tribe of Zebulon's lot included the land which lay as far as the Lake of Genesareth, [Sea of Galilee] and that which belonged to Carmel and the [Mediterranean] sea" (Josephus 1992: 131-2 [Ant. 5.1.22]). Josephus, as leader of the Jewish forces in the Galilee in their fight against the Romans in the first Jewish war (AD 66-73), was certainly familiar with the history of the area he was defending. If Zebulun was, indeed, landlocked, and not on either the Sea of Galilee or the Mediterranean Sea, one would wonder why Josephus would write such a description that alluded to both bodies of water? "
"How does one explain these Bible passages and extra-biblical evidence as they pertain to Zebulun? Smith (2013) simply concluded "the statement of Josephus is probably in the main correct, that is [the border] reached on the one side to the Lake of Gennesareth and on the other to Carmel and the Mediterranean. On the south it was bounded by Issachar, who lay in the great plain or valley of the Kishon; on the north it had Naphtali and Asher."
The second problem is the eastern border. It is a bit more complicated. The tribe on Zebulun's north and west was Naphtali (see Map 2). The list of towns in Jos 19:33 reveals Naphtali's border incorporated the whole of the Sea of Galilee. There are two ancient ports on the southwest corner of the Sea of Galilee: Beth-yerah and Sennabris. Limited excavations at both locations have shown them to have been anchorages from Hellenistic times, still in use today for small fishing and pleasure craft. There is a possibility the same locations were fishing or commerce ports in ancient, pre-Roman/Greek, times, too. Carefully drawing Zebulun's borders in the western-most part of her territory, according to the cities mentioned in Jos 19, places the Zebulunites only 12 mi (7.5 km) from the Sea of Galilee; again, a one-day walk. However, Naphtali controlled other more northerly anchorages on the Sea that in Joshua 19:35 are described as "fortified," Hammath and Chinnereh. Therefore, Naphtali may not have used the small, unfortified southerly ports of Beth-yerah and Sennabris leaving them open for the Zebulunites to occupy. Here again, this analysis lends credence to Jackson's suggestion of options (1) and (2), above.