A poster called Pharez, Zarah and Judah has certainly ignited interest among posters on this blog and on Rangers forums with his revelations about Celtic’s “secret” financial dealings.
I thought my readers may like to know the story behind these three biblical names and their significance for Scots living in the 21st century.
The story comes from Genesis 38. Pharez and Zarah were twin boys born to Tamar and their father was Judah.
The story is that Zarah’s hand came through his mother’s womb and the midwife tied a scarlet cord around it. The tiny babe then pulled his hand back in. Pharez then came through and breached his brother (Pharez means “breach”).
Judah was the sceptre tribe in Israel, meaning that the kingly line would come from Judah. This monarchy did indeed come from Judah as David was a descendant of Pharez.
There was obvious tension between descendants of Zarah and Pharez because, although Pharez was the firstborn, Zarahites believed they had a prior claim because of Zarah’s outstretched hand from the womb.
When it became clear that the Israelite monarchy was to come through Pharez, many of the sub-tribe of Zarah-Judah joined those wanderers of the tribe of Dan and began to migrate away from the nation of Israel.
Descendants of Zarah known as Milesians travelled to and set up colonies in the Iberian peninsula, eventually settling in Ireland where, as the royal sceptre race, they set up their own kingdom. Known as the Knights of the Scarlet Thread, their symbol became the red hand with a ribbon tied around the wrist, depicting their ancestor Zarah.
It was also a symbol of YHWH, the God of Israel.
Once their kingdom was established, Jeremiah the prophet brought two Hebrew princesses who were descended from the kingly line of David along with the Stone of Destiny, the Ark of the Covenant and David’s harp to Ireland.
These princesses had survived the massacre of the royal house by the Babylonians who invaded Judah and carried its people away as captives.
The two maids married into the Milesian dynasty. Tea Tephi married the Heremon, High King Eochaidh of Ireland and they are direct ancestors of the British Royal Family!
This marriage united the lines of Pharez (the Davidic line) and Zarah (the Milesian line).
The Throne of David was thus continued in the British Isles. Successive High Kings of Ireland were crowned upon the Stone of Dynasty. This Stone was brought to Scotland by Fergus the Great who is the ancestor of the Scottish line of monarchs.
The succession came from Ireland into Scotland and finally to what is now the British monarchy.
The great irony of Irish nationalism is that those who adhere to it are actually opposing their own ancient God-ordained monarchy when they oppose the British Throne!
Another great irony is that the original Fenians were Milesian warriors who were special forces bodyguards to the High King. Interestingly, warrior knights of the Red Branch called themselves craunnogs meaning “the crowned” to define their own royal bloodline and their allegiance to the High King.
The Dalriadic Kingdom in Scotland came into being via a migration of Irish descended from Milesians, many of whom became the Highland clans, known as the Royal Race of Scots.
These people, descended from Tea Tephi and the Heremon through the kingly line in Ireland, have the royal blood of David in their veins!
Peter Bereford Ellis, the renowned Celtic scholar, highlighted the royal descent of virtually every Irish clan in his awesome book Erin’s Blood Royal.
This means that the Scots and Irish are of royal Davidic blood and, by centuries of intermarriage between Scots, Irish and English, the entire indigenous population of the British Isles can claim this descent.
This means we are all the people in that we are all of Israelite descent. Both Ireland and Scotland are Judah, hence the Judahite symbols in our heraldry.
These things were once much more widely known in Britain. In recent years the internet has brought a massive resurgence of the teaching.
It’s all exciting stuff and gives powerful credence to the notion that Scotland is the land of destiny.
It also explains the massive impact that the Scots and Irish peoples have had on world history. There are many books out which highlight the fact that the Scots invented the modern world.
Wha’s like us, indeed.
It should be pointed out that this is no argument for independence. Scotland’s strength comes from unity with all the peoples in the British Isles.
As a good friend of mine says, Scotland is not part of Britain; Scotland IS Britain.
The Union is not a partnership; it is a marriage.
Scotland and England (and later Ireland) did not join Britain by the Act of Union.
They became Britain by uniting as one nation and one kingdom.