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(1 Ki –27; see also 2 Ch –18) For the king had at sea a navy of Tarshish with the navy of Hiram: once every three years came the navy of Tarshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

As DEVGRU Commander Rich Davis explains: “More than any other skill, SEALs rely on a merger of consciousness—‘flipping the switch,’ that’s the real secret to being a SEAL.” (Davis’s name has been changed by the authors for security purposes.) Contemporary scientists have slightly different terms and descriptions.

The map area in light green, the Iberian area, is the Catalonia of antiquity while the dark-green area is the homeland of the Basques. If we look at a map of Europe of the sixth century BCE (Figure 2), we can see how Spain fits into the overall picture of Europe in the early first millennium BCE.

The traditional date for the founding of Rome is 753 BCE and Alexander the Great didn’t begin his campaign in Asia until 334 BCE.

After the second temple’s destruction in 70 CE, any early Iberian Jewish immigrants would have been joined by those who had been enslaved by the Romans during the Jewish-Roman Wars (70 and 135 CE) and dispersed to the extreme west.