Saturday, 3 January 2015

Was Galle the Biblical City of Tarshish?


Is it true that Galle was Tarshish? 


  1. 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.
  2. This assertion is made in his two volume works the Ceylon;an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Noticesof Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2) 
  3. 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.
  4. Read more about the fascinating city of Galle Sri Lanka

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