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Tarshish

Tarshish tär´shĭsh [key], in the Bible. 1 Eponym of a country distant from Palestine which cannot be accurately identified Cyprus, Spain, and Tarsus (S Asia Minor) have been suggested. Traditionally, Tarshish is identified with Spain—with the region and city of Tartessus, a Phoenician settlement of S Spain. Scholars suggest that the biblical ships of Tarshish held cargo for metal-manufacturing centers on the Mediterranean coast. 2 Counselor of Ahasuerus in the Book of Esther. 3 Benjamite in First Chronicles.

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