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King Solomon of tiny Israel circa 1000 b.c. was the world’s richest man, hard to imagine isn’t it?  Yet when you realize he was blessed by Elohim to build that great nation of biblical destiny when other nations such as the Hittite, Ionian, and Egyptian, were crumbling, it’s easier to fathom his great success and wealth, particularly when you do realize that climate change had devastated the world because the Ice Age had ended during the preceding few centuries, when many coastal cities were submerged.

And because Solomon was allied with King Hiram of the Phoenicians (who were international seafaring Canaanites having survived the devastation wrought by Joshua circa 1400 b.c.), the rich distant mining districts of the world were accessed by Solomon with Hiram to build the majestic First Temple at Jerusalem, the “Ships of Tarshish” having brought gold, silver, and copper from the Rio Tinto mining district of southwestern Spain, and gold from Mount Ophir on the Straits of Malacca in Malaysia.

Ophir was a son of Joktan, who was a son of Eber, the Hebrews having descended from Joktan’s brother Peleg (Pelasgians), so Joktan having moved east, and his son Ophir having sailed away to establish the gold mines at Gunung Ledang, were surely in touch with the others, then a thousand years later Solomon and Hiram well aware of that rich mineral source across the Indian Ocean anciently mined by the progeny of Ophir.

The legendary Atlas was a son of Sidon (Posidon) and so grandson of Canaan, Atlas the namesake of Atlantis, that ice age kingdom which tapped the rich mineral source of the Sierra Morena mountains of southern Spain, those mines later memorialized as Las Minas del Rey Salomon, one called Cerro Salomon, and ancient towns there named Zalamea la Vieja and Zalamea la Real.  Solomon was a very rich man, now you can see why, the ancients having navigated by this method

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