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Tama Tephi

Exactly who was the husband of Tama Tephi is not clear. It is sometimes said to be:
* OILIALLA, son of Siorna.
* EOCHAIDH mac Duach, father of Ugaine Mor.

TAMA TEPHI. (Tea Tephi)(Tamar)(Tama)(Thephi)(Teia Tephi). [Ancestors].

Daughter of ZEDEKIAH, King of Judah.

First of all, it needs to be noted that Tama Tephi (Tamar Tephi) is a different person from the Tea who came more than four centuries earlier to the Irish Isles. Various researchers have confounded two different events separated by over four centuries, and thus many genealogists and historians have confused them, and their names, in their records. (S22).

To review:
  1. The First Event: The events of Tea occurred at approximitely the time of the reign of David, King of Israel. Tea, daughter of Lughaidh, son of Ith. See Ghede the Heremon, a different Heremon, son of Milesius.
  2. The Second Event: The events of Tama Tephi (Tamar Tephi) occurred at the time of the reign of Zedekiah and the destruction of Jerusalem. At this time Tamar Tephi marries a different Heremon, but exactly who she may have married is not clear. [see above].


Tama Tephi was the daughter of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, and a direct descendant of King David of Israel. Zedekiah was made King of Judah in 597BC when he was 21 years old, and it is most likely that Tamar was born around this time, probably not earlier, but possibly a bit later. This would mean that she was probably about 8 to 10 years old at the destruction of Jerusalem in 587BC.

Another error that is often perpetuated is that it is often said that Zedekiah, and thus Tama Tephi, was a close relative of Jeremiah the Prophet. This is taken from 2 Kings 24:18, which states that Zedekiah's mother's name was Hamutal, and that she was the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. see also 2 Kings 23:31, which gives the same for Jehoahaz, the brother of Zedekiah. There is no evidence that tells us that Jeremiah of Libnah and Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah were one and the same person. We are instead told that Jeremiah and his father Hilkiah are of Anathoth, not of Libnah. Thus it is only conjecture that gives them as one and the same.

Following the destruction of Jerusalem, the population that was left in the land, and those that had returned from surrounding lands, fled to Egypt for safety.
And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the Chaldees. 2 Kings 25:26.

5 But Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that were returned from all nations, where they had been driven, to dwell in the land of Judah; 6 Even men, and women, and children, and the king's daughters, and every person that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah. 7 and they came into the land of Egypt; for they obeyed not the voice of Jehovah: and they came unto Tahpanhes. Jeremiah 43:5-7.

In Egypt, the Jewish people settled in Migdol, Tahpanhes, Noph, and Pathros.
The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews that dwelt in the land of Egypt, that dwelt at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Memphis, and in the country of Pathros, .... Jeremiah 44:1

So Tama Tephi was taken into Egypt along with Jeremiah, the prophet, to a palace named Teamor Taphanhes, which ruins at Tel Defneh are still known today as Quasr Bint el Jehudi, meaning Palace of the daughter of Judah. (S29).
The site was excavated by Sir Flinders Petrie, who found there the remains of a great fortress. He wrote:
There were doubtless some state apartments in the fortress for the Egyptian governors who might visit there. Those might be at the disposal of the royal daughters, and Johanan and his men of might would strengthen the camp. Of this an echo comes across the long ages; the fortress mound is known as Qasr Bint el Jehudi, the palace of the Jewís daughter. It is named Qasr, a palace, not Qala, a fortress. It is not named Tell Bint el Jehudi, as it would be if it were called so after it were a ruinous heap. Qasr is a name which shows its descent from the time of habitation, and habitation for nobility and not merely for troops. So through the long ages of Greek and Roman and Arab there has come down the memory of the royal residence of the kingís daughters from the wreck of Jerusalem. (Egypt and Israel, 1931 ed., P. 90) (S31).

Traditional legends say that Jeremiah died in Egypt. However, the legends of Ireland state that he and a small group left Egypt, sailed to Spain, and then from there to Ireland. (S29).

The royal party stayed at Tanis in Egypt for some time, until Jeremiah was warned by God that Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was also being sent by Him to invade Egypt and that they must leave, taking The Ark to Godís pre-destined place of safety. Jeremiahís group left Tanis on a moonless cloudy night, sailing in a ship of Tyre, piloted by a Danite (5th tribe of Israel, known to the Irish as the Tuatha de Danaan) called Buchi son of Helek, who was accompanied by his son Boedan. They sailed first to Carthage, where they arrived three weeks later, but did not disembark. At sunset a strong hot wind blew from the desert driving them North and tearing their sails. On the seventh day they entered a little bay by the mouth of an unknown river that ran from East to West; where they dropped anchor. (S29).

Why did it take three weeks to go from Tanis to Carthage? It seems that one week should have been more than enough. Did they go to Cyprus or elsewhere first?

Drawing lots to see who would go ashore to find out where they were, the lot fell upon Boedan, the pilotís son, who rowed ashore in their skiff. Boedan captured a local and brought him aboard the ship so that Buchi the pilot who spoke all languages could ask him where they were. They found out from him that they were in the Tiber Estuary and he advised them to avoid Rome, both then and throughout the future. (S29).

So they apparently immediately left Italy and sailed further westward, landing in Spain. Jeremiah and his party (probably-S25) landed in Spain at the great port of Zagunto (Segub-toi, the "raised or fortified place of the wanderers"), in later years Latinized into Saguntum, and now Sagunto or Murviedro ("old walls"), in the province of Valencia. (S25). Sagunto was a part of the Iberian Zarahite (descendants of Judah) settlements on the eastern coast of Spain. From Sagunto, Jeremiah, with the two Princesses, and Baruch, proceeded to Zaragossa, the chief stronghold of the Zarahites, and here they were received with great honour and entertained as befitting their high rank. (S25).

It is said (S25) that here a sister of Tama Tephi, whose name is not given, married the eldest son of the reigning Prince of the Zarahites.

They did not stay for long in Spain, but soon traveled onward, first to Bilboa, then to Ireland. So Tama was taken to Ireland by Jeremiah with his small group. When and how this occurred is also debated.
1. Some say they arrived in Ireland on 18 June 583BC, landing at Howth, bearing with them a great chest and a stone wrapped in a banner. (S23,S24).
2. Others say, in 569 B.C. the Hebrew Prophet Jeremiah arrived in Ireland. In his party was Tea Tephi, the daughter of King Zedekiah of Judea. Also in the party was her husband Herremon, the son of King Herrmon of Ireland, and Simon Brug who was Baruch, the scribe of Jeremiah. (S?)

Of the earlier dating, we see: In or about the year 583-582 B.C. (some four years after the Destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar), there arrived at the Port in the North-East of Ireland, now known as Carrickfergus (in a ship belonging to the Iberian Danaan), an aged man named Ollam Fodhla, accompanied by an "Egyptian" Princess of surpassing beauty, dignity, and charm, bearing the name of Tamar or Tea Tephi, and the former's secretary, one Simon Brug. They brought with them a massive, strongly-secured and mysterious Chest or Case, which they regarded with the utmost reverence and guarded with jealous care, a Golden-colored Flag or Banner, having blazoned upon it the device of a Red Lion, and a large rough Stone. (S25).

It is claimed that with the Princess Tama Tephi, many priceless relics were brought to Ireland, showing the royal descent of her people; among them the Jodham Morain or priest breast plate; the harp of King David, Sweet Singer of Israel, and the famous Coronation Stone (The Stone of Destiny) of the Kings of Ireland, Scotland, and England. The Stone, known as the Stone of Destiny came from Spain, and before that, from Egypt. It came in the company of an aged guardian, who was called Ollam Folla, (Hebrew for revealer or prophet). Accompanying the man was an eastern king's daughter. Eochaidh (Eremhon) married the daughter, Tama Tephi. The aged guardian became the most influencial Statesman and Spiritual leader of Ireland.

An inscription found in a tomb located in Schiabhla-Cailliche, near Oldcastle, County, Meath, Ireland, not far from Tara, is said to show the group of travelers. Thirty-some stones with strange markings upon them, lie in the sepulchral chamber within the huge cairn of stones which make up the tomb. A large carved stone outside the tomb is still pointed out as Jeremiah's judicial seat. (S?).

One interperation, by George Dansie of Bristol, says the the stones show a Lunar Eclipse, in the constellation of Taurus and a conjunction of the planets Saturn and Jupiter in Virgo. The prow of a ship is shown in the center, with five lines indicating the number of passengers it carries. On the left, a part of the ship, perhaps the stern, is shown with only four passengers, one having been left behind, as indicated by the line falling away from the ship. The wavy line indicates the passage of the ship across the ocean, terminating at a central point on an island.

This number of passengers also points out an item of confusion. Some sources indicate that Baruch, the scribe of Jeremiah, landed with them in Ireland. Other sources say that Baruch remained in Spain and died there. Earlier, though, we saw that it was said that a sister of Tama Tephi was the one who remained behind in Spain as married there.

The stellar and planetary alignment of the inscription gives a date of 583 BC. This date allows just the right amount of time for the little band to go to Egypt before making their way to Spain, and then Ireland. (S?).

Furnished with letters of recommendation to Eochaidh II, the Danite Ardagh ("Heremon," or Head King of Ireland), the strangers made their way to Clothair (afterwards "Torah" or "Tara," - "the Hill of the Law"), the royal residence at this period. Here their credentials obtained for the wanderers an honorable and deferential reception at the Court of the Irish Monarch, to which no doubt the stately beauty of the "Egyptian" Princess in no small degree contributed. This King Eochaidh must have been a good and well-disposed man, for, under the influence of Ollam Fodhla, he purified his Court, if not, indeed, his entire kingdom, from many abuses; abolished the idols and asherahs or carved wooden objects of veneration, and set up a pure monotheistic forth of worship in the place of the Baalism of his fathers. (S25).

He also instituted a more regular form of government, promulgated just laws and statutes fixed and regulated the feasts according to Ollam Fodhla's instructions, and founded schools; thus laying the foundations of that collegiate and advanced educational system known to have existed in Ireland in times long anterior to the Christian Era. There can be no doubt but that a state of high civilization obtained in Ireland at the period of which I write; and this was materially improved and strengthened during the reigns of Eochaidh and his immediate successors. (S25).

Tamar Tephi married Heremon, or Eochaidh, said to be Oiloilla Olchaoin, son of Siorna; (in 562 B.C.-S14)(in 569BC)(about 580 B.C.)(in 582-583).

There are differing opinions on where and when they met and when they were married.
1. Tamar met Eochaidh in Jerusalem, and they were married there. According to certain accounts, Eochaidh was at Jerusalem when the siege of the Chaldeans took place, and that he and Tea Tephi were married there in the Holy Land in the year 585 BC. A description from the Masonic tradition reads: "Jeremiah had joined the hands of the prince and princess over the sacred stone (lia fail) ... and commanded the blessing of Israel's God to rest upon the throne of David." ("The Irish Prince and the Hebrew Prophet", page 139). (S17).
2. Tamar met Eochaidh while she was in Egypt and married there.
3. Tamar met Eochaidh while she was in Egypt, they returned to Palestine briefly, married there, and then made their way to Ireland.
4. Tamar met Eochaidh in Ireland, and they were married there after her arrival.

A marriage in 583BC, immediately after stepping of the boat is highly romanticized, but not particularly likey since she would have been at most probably about 14 years old at the time.

It is also said that this marriage occurred in 580 B.C.:
Thus, by the momentous and epoch-making marriage of Tamar Tephi, the eldest daughter and heiress of Zedekiah (the last King of Judah), to Eochaidh the Second, Ardagh ("Heremon" or Head-King of Ireland), in 580 B.C., the "Sceptre of Judah" and "Shepherd Stone of Israel" were conveyed into the royal Dano-Asherian (Israelitish) House then reigning in the Sister Isle. (S25). She would have been at this time possibly about 17 years old.

The year 569BC seems probable, but even this year, as well as the year 562BC, while possible, seem to be a bit late.

The rough, square Stone, brought with the Princess, playing an important part in the marriage ceremony, for the royal couple were united before this "Stone of Destiny" as a silent witness of their solemn union (Gen. 49:24; Josh. 24:27; I Sam. 7:12); and they were subsequently crowned upon it. (S25).

Tama Tephi and Eochaidh had a palace built at Teltown, near Kells, where they lived and where Tama Tephi wrote what is said to be her amazing autobiography, The Book of Tephi, Queen of Tara and Gibraltar. (S23).

She died on 1 August 534BC (S23), at Odhbha, County Meath, Leinster, Ireland, and was buried in the Hill of Tara, in a large tomb or repository 60 feet square, now covered with a huge mound. (S25).

CHILDREN of Tama Tephi:



ADAM (0-930AM) md  EVE
SETH (130-1042AM)
ENOS (235-1140AM)
CAINAN (325-1235AM)
JARED (460-1422AM)
ENOCH (622-1048AM)
LAMECH (874-1651AM)
SHEM (1548-2159AM)                  
 SALAH (1694-2127AM)
EBER (1724-2188AM)
PELEG (1758-1997AM)
REU (1788-2027AM)
SERUG (1820-2050AM)
NAHOR (1850-1998AM)
TERAH (1879-2084AM)
ABRAHAM (1949-2124AM) (Abram) (1947-2122AM). Abram married Sarai (Sarah), dau. of Terah by another mother.
ISAAC (2049AM-2229AM) = Rebecca, daughter of Bethuel, nephew of Abraham
JACOB (Israel)(2109AM-2256AM)   -  md Leah
JUDAH.  md Tamar.    
HEZRON. (Ezrom)(Esrom). (Matt 1:3) (Genesis 46:12; Ruth 4:18; Num 26:21; 1 Chr 2:5)
ARAM (RAM)(ARAM-Matt 1:3, Luke 3:33)
AMINADAB (Ruth 4:19; Matt 1:4; Luke 3:33)
Nashon (Naasson) (Matt 1:4)
Salmon.  He married Rahab.  
Boaz.  He married Ruth.  (1 Chron 2:11-12; Book of Ruth)
David.  King of Israel.  He and Bathsheba had son:
Solomon.  King of Israel.  He md. Naamah
Rehoboam.  King of Judah.   md. Maacah
Abijah.  (Abia)(Abijam).  King of Judah.   
Asa.  King of Judah.   md. Azubah
Jehoshaphat.  King of Judah.   
Jehoram.  King of Judah.   md. Athaliah
Ahaziah.  King of Judah.   md. Zibiah
Joash.  King of Judah.    md. Jehoaddan
Amaziah.  King of Judah.   md. Jecholiah
Uzziah, King of Judah.  King of Judah.   md. Jerusha
Jotham, King of Judah.  King of Judah.      
Ahaz, King of Judah md. Abijah
Hezekiah, King of Judah md. Hephzibah
Manasseh, King of Judah md. Meshullemeth
AMON, King of Judah md. Jedidiah
JOSIAH, King of Judah md.  Hammutal
ZEDEKIAH, King of Judah
TAMA TEPHI  (Thephi)