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Did King Solomon’s Navy Discover America?

By Tamar Yonah
11/2/2007, 12:00 AM

Mystery Mountain, Los Lunas, New Mexico.  That’s where a fascinating find was discovered with the Hebrew inscription of the Ten Commandments.  What is amazing about this find, is that the ten commandments were written in a Hebrew script that is so ancient, it was last used around and up to the Babylonian expulsion.  This means it was probably written between 2,500-3,000 years ago!  How did this script, as well as the text of the ten commandments wind up in New Mexico, so many centuries ago?        “Over two thousand years before Columbus "discovered" America there were people of semitic origin in New Mexico worshipping the God of Israel. How can this possibly be reconciled with known history? It is seemingly apparent that the financial backing to launch a Hebrew-Phoenician voyage of world exploration could have readily occurred during the reign of King Solomon of Israel. Solomon worshipped the true God of Israel and had the means to fund explorative voyages to other lands. With Solomon's main port being located on the Red Sea it would be difficult to explain how his fleet would have entered America through the Atlantic drainage. ( Reference note: Kings I  9:26) :And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom.27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon.


Tarshish , however, had access to the Atlantic. The reign of Solomon was enveloping the entire world. Israel's close neighbor, Phonecia, and their expert navigators were working with the servants of Solomon  from both countries ports. The ships of Tarshish sailed extremely long voyages to bring back all kinds of raw materials and items (copper & other ores, flora & fauna samples, "exotic" animals, etc.). ( Reference note: Chronicles 2 -Chapter 9): For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks

It would help explain the need of three year journeys if the seamen had to cross the ocean to come to these far off isles in America. The fact that the trading ships of Phoenicia did have docks in ancient America can be proved from inscriptions they left behind. The Los Lunas site is located along the Puerco River which is tributary of the Rio Grande River. The Rio Grande is definitely in the Atlantic drainage. It would have been  entirely possible for the Hebrew-Phonecian sailors to access the area of the stone.”

So, did King Solomon’s navy discover America, bringing back exotic animals, plants, and rare minerals to Jerusalem?

Could it be that this mystery rock was written by Jews who sailed to America in King Solomon’s navy?  Could it be that they taught certain tribes of native American Indians monotheism and morality?  Were these Jews sabbatical fly by night teachers, or did they go on permanent ‘shlichut’ (sent out as an ambassador)   to spread knowledge of the One True G-d and His Ten Commandments? Or could it have been that some Jews left the ship, going on an expedition, got stuck or stranded, missing the boat back? 
1) Perhaps they were just late in getting back to meet the ship, and decided to leave a message for posterity’s sake, that Jews were here.
2) Maybe they liked this new world, and joined, or were even kidnapped by Indians, and taught what they knew, and also left this message for us.

Let is remember, there are many similarities in some Indian tribes, specifically the Cherokee nation, to Judaism.  The Cherokees were monotheistic, believing in one G-d.  They did not have idols (totem poles), some of their words in their language are similar to Hebrew, and they braided their hair in the manner which is similar to Jewish sidelocks (payot).  Some say the Cherokees emanated or mixed with Jews who escaped from Masada during the Roman siege on Israel. I don’t claim to know, rather, to wonder about this fascinating history.
One might surmise that the Cherokee Indians were never in New Mexico, but we know that many Indian tribes migrated to different regions and let’s remember, that we are not talking about a couple of hundred years ago, rather a couple of THOUSAND years ago.  How do we know that they never dwelled or passed through the southwestern part of America?

This mystery rock was written and left for us to discover. It is only the tip of the iceberg of some sort of Jewish influence in America many, many centuries ago.

So, did King Solomon’s navy discover America, having been sent on missions to discover and bring back exotic animals, plants, and rare minerals like gold and silver? It would be fascinating to know what really happened.