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Saturday, 3 January 2015
Was Galle the Biblical City of Tarshish?
Is it true that Galle was Tarshish?
James Emerson Tennent, who served as the colonial secretary
of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) between 1845 and 1850, makes the assertion that Galle in Sri Lanka may have been the ancient biblical place referred to as Tarshish.
There is no corroborating evidence to support this assertion. The
general consensus is that Tarshish was located somewhere closer to Israel along
the Mediterranean coast. Sri Lankan luxury
goods such as gems, cinnamon, pearls, ivory and peacocks were exported since
ancient times. It is most likely that King Solomon acquired these goods in the Mediterranean
land of Tarshish.