The Phoenician Connection

 

According to several sources, the Phoenicians migrated to Byblos, their first city, from what is now Bahrain, but archaeologists say there is no evidence of settlements anywhere near that early. Other fields need to be consulted to come to any logical conclusion as to their origins.

The key to that research is circumcision.

According to the Egyptians who fought against a coalition of “sea peoples”, the Phoenicians were circumcised, but the Philistines were not. Also according to both legends and modern DNA testing, the Phoenicians and the Philistines are from the same blood line. They are not.

The blood line of the Phoenicians goes back to the pastures of the land settled by the ancient descendant of Shem named Aram. That leads us to Abraham and the covenant that brought circumcision into the social order.

First, let’s establish the relationships so that we know which of the three branches coming from Noah is associated with which person. The first born to the first born line was Noah, Shem, Salah, Eber, Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, Terah, Abraham, the tenth generation after the flood.

Aram was the son of Shem who had settled in the pastures west of the Euphrates and east of the Mediterranean Sea. He was among the first generation after the flood and related to Abraham through Shem.

When Abraham sent Eliezer to bring a wife for Isaac, he specifically ordered him not to choose one of the women from the area in which they were living. That area, along the sea coast, had been settled by the descendants of Canaan, a first generation son of Ham. The importance of that relationship is not directly stated in the highly condensed history we call the Bible. For now, let’s just recognize that children were born to the three sons of Noah after the great flood. Ham married his daughters to the sons of Japheth, and Japheth married his sons to the daughters of Ham. Shem married his sons to his daughters in order to maintain the purity of the line of kingship over the earth, and instructed his descendants not to inter-marry with either of his brother’s descendants.

Nimrod was talked into building the tower that caused such chaos by his father and his father’s friends. The people had not been scattered at that time, but were scattered as a result of this incident. That scattering was done in an orderly way. First, Noah sent Peleg – the name translates “map-maker” – to map the entire earth because new lands had risen and old ones sunk during the great flood. Peleg took two years, and did the job with the help of the giants who were still living above-ground at the time (they were sent into the caverns of the earth shortly after this). The giants had both submarines and flying machines, as described in the Mahabarata of India, so the height of the mountains and depth of the oceans was available to them. They were so detailed and precise that even the Chatam Islands off the coast of New Zealand and the Heard and McDonald Islands just north of Antarctica were given place.

The entire earth was sectioned off into three parts, then those parts were divided and sub-divided sufficiently to provide each living male over the age of puberty with a piece of land to go to and inhabit. Abraham, being 15 years of age and considered an adult in those days, was a participant in the drawing of the lots for the land. He drew the area we call Israel today. Eber drew a lot to the east, the area we call Syria today.

Ham drew Africa. Canaan drew the area we call the Sahara Desert today, but which was the wheat basket of the world at one time.

After the drawing of the lots for land, the different groups packed up and headed for their new homes.

Canaan was following the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to get to his parcel, but saw the land that Abraham had drawn and, knowing that Abraham was too young to defend it, settled there despite the oath that whoever took the land of another person would be rooted out and destroyed as a branch of the family. The only choice Abraham had was to wait until he was strong enough to claim his lot, or until Canaan was destroyed out of it. He stayed with Shem and learned all of the arts and sciences known in those days until he was 49 years old, then he went to Terah’s home and was inducted into the army of Nimrod, under whom Terah was the chief prince, chief priest, and commander ol all Nimrod’s military. He was given a force of 300 fighting men, 12 captains and 4 commanders, along with two sons of Nimrod, Eliezer the king of Damascus and Ido the trained scribe.

Abraham held this position as the leader of a quick-strike dromedery camel unit for 20 years, at which time there was some event that put him at odds with Nimrod, who gave orders that he be killed. Eliezer heard about it and warned Abraham to flee, which he did, hiding out in the home of Noah for several months until the searchers gave up and went back to the region of Babylon, to Nimrod.

Terah went up to visit Abraham secretly, and Abraham convinced him that his own life was in danger because of Nimrod’s intent to kill Abraham. Both Noah and Shem agreed, and Terah decided the best course of action was to resign his position with Nimrod and move his household out of the territory under Nimrod’s control. This was the precipitating cause of the move to the trading center of Haran, northwest of Babylon and just outside of Nimrod’s territory. Abraham was 70 years old when the move took place, and went with his father and all the family and slaves associated with his household, including Abraham’s first wife from the area of Susa and their nine children.

Two years later, when Abraham was 72, the giant Marduk rebelled against the legitimate king of the giants and began harassing the northern territories in an attempt to usurp the giant kingship. Nimrod got in touch with Terah and re-activated Abraham’s quick-strike force, assigning them to the area that is now a black dot on Israel’s map, which is identified in the ancient literature as the airport for the flying machines of the giants. There were still some operational aircraft in those days, but the fleet was aging and decreasing in numbers quickly. Abraham departed for that location, taking only Sarai and Lot as members of his family, and leaving Susanna and the children in the care of Terah. He never saw them again. There are conflicting accounts of their demise, the most probable one being an attack on Haran that killed the whole family along with the major population of the city. What is known is Abraham’s all-consuming response to El, “What will you give me, seeing I have no children?”

More background. In the beginning, from the days of Adam before the great flood, it was the practice for each man to take three wives in his life-time. The first wife, in Abraham’s case it was Susanna (the woman from the kingdom of Susa) was his first wife with the expectation that she would provide children to her husband. The unwritten law was that a man ceased conjugal relations with his wife as soon as her pregnancy became known, and did not resume them until the child she bore was weaned. The second wife was taken about the same time, or any time during the early years of the man, and given a medicine that caused her to be sterile, usually for the rest of her life, but some few had children in their later years, such as Hannah, Zillah (wife of Enoch), and Sarai after she was given drugs that reversed her chemical sterilization in the courts of the kings of both Egypt and Abimelech. These secondary wives were allowed to travel with their soldier-husbands on long deployments since there would be no children in the camp in the event of an emergency evacuation, and to prepare the food and nurse the wounded. Slaves were brought along to wash the laundry, chop firewood and haul water.

It was during this deployment that Nimrod was defeated by Chedorlaomer and became a vassel to him, causing his former subjects to start calling him Amarpal, the American slang equivalent of “loser”.

That put Abraham out of a job and short of a supply line, leaving him, his entire camp, and their animals to fend for themselves out in an unpredictable grassland. Abraham’s response was to become a herder of sheep and dromedary camels that brought a good price at market. Abraham had also learned lapidary while studying under Shem. One of the requirements of the education was the learning of a trade that would support a large household with hired servants and slaves. Abraham chose the study of precious and semi-precious stones, their cutting for jewelry and their baking with herbs to make medical powders that reversed mineral-based deficiency diseases, a skill still alive in India in the 1950s.

Abraham is also credited with inventing the seed drill placed on the early model plows, so he knew enough about farming to plant grain crops for his people and animals, knowledge that he passed on to Isaac and was mentioned as being done while in the land of King Abimelech. Abraham and his camp not only survived, they thrived under the mutual military assistance agreements with the various kings in the land where he pastured his flocks and herds.

It was during this time that he learned of the death of his family in Haran, causing such grief that El, the giant who ruled that land, became concerned for him and came to him in a dream with a covenant and a promise that he would not die childless.

“(Gen 17 UKJV) {1} And when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Self-Existent appeared to Abram, and said to him,
“I am the power of the mountains; walk before me, and be perfect; {2} and I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will increase you extremely.”
{3} And Abram fell on his face; and the majesties talked with him, saying,
{4} “As for Me, hay, My covenant is with you, and you will be a father of many nations; {5} nor will your name be called Abram any more, but your name will be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations; {6} and I will make you extremely fruitful, and I will make nations from you, and kings will come out of you; {7} and I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your son after you in their generations for an ages-lasting covenant, to be the majesties to you, and to your son after you; {8} and I will give to you, and to your son after you, the land in which you are a foreigner, all the land of Canaan, for an ages-lasting possession; and I will be their majesties;”
{9} and the majesties said to Abraham,
“You will keep My covenant, you, and your son after you in their generations; {10} and this is My covenant which you will keep between Me and you and your son after you; every male child among you will be circumcised; {11} and you will circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it will be a token of the covenant between Me and you; {12} he who is eight days old will be circumcised among you, every male child in your generations, he who is born in the house, or bought with silver from any foreigner who is not of your son; {13} he who is born in your house, and he who is bought with your silver must be circumcised; and My covenant will be in your flesh for an ages-lasting covenant; {14} and the uncircumcised male child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that breath will be cut off from his people; for he has broken My covenant.”

There was no circumcision among humans before this. The practice, even elective circumcision, is only practiced amond the descendants of Abraham and his camp today. The sons of Keturah and the sons of Ishmael are also circumcised, but in their thirteenth year, the year that Ishmael was circumcised. But the descendants of Isaac were kept separate from the six sons of Keturah and Ishmael because the inheritance was passed down through Isaac, and that inheritance was great money and land wealth.

So the Phoenicians, descendants of Abrahams soldiers and servants, were circumcised. The Philistines were not. In addition, they are not the same family stock.

The Philistines are a remnant of the Sea People that attacked Egypt and were driven out. Their origin is the islands of the Mediterranean Sea. They are descendants of Ham.

The Phoenicians are Persians, descendants of Shem who were originally part of Abraham’s camp, who were displaced when Esau drove off the herds and flocks during Isaac’s advanced age when he was blind and bed-ridden, unable to defend himself or his people, or to lead the camp vigorously as was needed against a man like Esau. With the herds and flocks gone, there was no means of physical support for the several hundred, possibly several thousand men who had been the shepherds and herders, and no food for their families. They did what people normally do when they are hungry. They went looking for food. There was food in the Jordan River, so they went fishing and survived. The land was all taken by settlers and their kings, so it was necessary for them to keep moving, particularly that many people, looking for a place that was not inhabited that they could claim as their own. Egypt and the Philistines were to the south, so they headed north up the Jordan, sending advance scouts to locate a place sufficient for their numbers.

When the men decided to migrate with their families looking for a place to settle, they took the route that was easiest on the women and children, who were walking for lack of the animals that Esau had taken. They followed the Jordan up to the mountains of Lebanon, then the scouts located a stretch of beach with a small coastal plain that was suitable, so they followed one of the valleys to the coast and up to Gebel and settled there among the cedar trees. There was a little land for grain crops and the ocean provided fish, but they needed an income to buy the articles that were needed but not available in their new area.

This was no group of farmers. They had all the advantages of an advanced military unit, plus the training they had received under Abraham and had passed on to their children. Every man, woman and child had at least two skills. The first was the skill of the soldier, then each person had at least one skill that could be used to earn a living, from astronomy to soil culture, and many had several due to the extended time in the fields with the flocks providing the time to learn new skills. Among those skills was boat-building using cedar wood with tongue-and-groove techniques and pine tar for sealing against leaks. They also knew how to fight on those boats if necessary, and how to steer them by the stars using longitude and latitude. Some were trained in the various articles of trade, having had to trade while living in the camps in the pastures. Some were trained in pottery, and the women were well-skilled in making cloth, weaving, dye-making, and tailoring.

When they took stock of their available resources, they found cedar for building boats, the murex sea snail for dye of an unusual and beautiful color, and good harbor for many boats. They set out to Egypt to buy papyrus as one of their own needs. What they found there was an intense interest in their boats and the wood used to make them. A flourishing trade in papyrus going north and cedar going south was soon established, causing the people who began to trade with them to refer to them as the people of paper, which evolved into the name for their town to be called Byblos, from which we derive the term “Bible” and directly connected to that book. The Egyptians recognized that they had been completely decimated by Esau, yet had returned to their former prosperity, so they began to call them “Phoenix” after the bird that burns its own nest, only to have a full-fledged chick rise from the flames and replace its dying parent. This gradually devolved into the term Phoenician.