See also:ancient Phoenician
See also:sage, who belongs more to
See also:legend than to
See also:history . He is said to have flourished " even before the Trojan times," " when
See also:Semiramis was
See also:queen of the Assyrians." Philo Herennius of Byblus claimed to have translated his mythological writings from the Phoenician originals . According to Philo, Sanchuniathon derived the sacred lore from the mystic inscriptions on the 'AµµovveZI (probably hammdnim, "
See also:sun pillars," cf . Is.
See also:xxvii . 9, &c.) which stood in the Phoenician temples . That any writings of Sanchuniathon ever existed it is impossible to say . Philo drew his traditions from various
See also:sources, adapted them to suit his purpose, and conjured with a
See also:venerable name to gain
See also:credit for his narrative . Porphyry says that Sanchuniathon (here called a native of Byblus) wrote a history of the Jews, based on information derived from Hierombal (i.e . Jeruba'al), a
See also:priest of the
See also:god Jevo (i.e . Yahveh,
See also:Jehovah), and dedicated it to Abelbal or Abibal,
See also:king of Berytus . The
See also:story is probably a pure invention; the reference to Berytus shows that it is
See also:late . See
See also:Eusebius, Praep .
Ea. i . 9 (
See also:Muller, Fragm. hist . Graec. iii. pp . 563
See also:foil.) .
WILLIAM SANCROFT (1616-1693)
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