THE DAVIDIC HOUSE OF NATHAN: An Enduring Dynasty
by Athol Bloomer
This article seeks to demonstrate the role of the Davidic House of Nathan and its role in European and World History. The House of Nathan originated with Prince Nathan the son of King David and the Queen Mother [Givirah] Bathsheba. Nathan was the younger brother of King Solomon. This House of Nathan is mentioned in the Old Testament Book of Zechariah in the 6th century BC. Zerubbabel ben Shealtiel was a member of this House and the Leader of Judah’s restoration.
Nathan brother of Solomon
Nathan’s mother Bathsheba was the Givirah or Queen Mother of Israel. She was enthroned beside her son King Solomon as were all the Davidic Queen Mothers from this time onwards. This article accepts a revised Chronology of Egyptian History as first proposed by Velikovsky. Bathsheba was the granddaughter of Pharaoh Amenhotep. Her cousin was Princess Maacha of Geshur. They were of the Royal Line of Egyptian Princesses. This female descent entered through them into the Davidic Royal line and was known as the Geveret Line of Princess Royals of the Davidic House. The line of Davidic Geverets (Ladies of the Royal Line) descends from Maacha’s daughter Princess Tamar. Princess Tamar’s granddaughter was the Givirah Maacha who was a wife of Solomon’s son King Rehoboam. Rehoboam and Maacha’s descendant King Amon’s daughter Hepzibah married Elisama of the House of Nathan. Elisama was the son of Prince (Chief) Her of Nathan’s lineage. His grandson Nenuall married Scota the daughter of King Zedekiah of Judah and his Egyptian Royal wife, the daughter of Pharoah Necho.
Nenuall was left behind by his father and entered Egypt as a child with Jeremiah and the King's young daughters and the rest of the Godoli. They dwelt at Tahpanhes were Pharoah gave his granddaughters their own Palace. In Tahpanhes at this time was based Milesian Mercenaries in Pharoah’s service. Nenuall joined these mercenaries and he married his relative Princess Scota. Their son Nathan (Nuada) married the daughter of the Milesian leader who was a descendant of the clan of Zerah of the Tribe of Judah. These Milesian warriors were called the Militia of the Red Branch (or Hand). The Milesians were from Miletus in Asia Minor and were descended from Mered and Heman of the Clan of Zerah who were Viziers of Egypt. Nenuall and Scota’s son Nathan was to become the leader of the Militia of the Red Hand. Nathan’s son Gilead (Alladh/Galahad) succeeded him as Leader (Hemon) and Chief Warrior of this Red Militia. They fought in North Africa and Scythia before migrating to Spain in the 3rd century BC. The group of Jewish refugees in Egypt were known as the Godoli after the murdered leader Godol.
Movement to Ireland
In the 2nd century BC the sons of Galam led the Godoli to Ireland. At this time Ireland was ruled by the Tuatha de Dannaan. The Godoli were at this time the Leaders of the Milesians who were the ruling Warrior Class who had come to the Celtic Lands of Iberia and Gaul in the 4th century BC to rule over the Tribe of Ephraim. These Celts or Cymri belonged mainly to the clans of Erani and Beredi of the Tribe of Ephraim. Gilead ben Nathan was the grandfather of Brude (called Brutus by Geoffrey of Monmouth), the father of Breoghan or Brigus who succeeded his father as paramount King of the Celts. Breoghan was known as Brennius to the Romans who led a Celtic attack on Rome in 390 BC. Brennius’ son was Bile or Beli who was later worshipped as the Celtic Sun God being confused with the cult of Helios (Helias /Eliyahu /Elijah). Bile’s son Galam was also called Milisius or Milad as Leader of the Red Militia. Galam’s two sons Eremon (Heremon) and Heber Fionn lead the Milesians and the tribes of Ephraim to Ireland. Heber ruled in the south where the Erani clan settled and Heremon of Emania in the North ruled over the Beredi. Eremon’s descendants Gub and Catluan led many of the Beredi into Britian and became known as the Caledoni or Picts. Other groups of the Beredi were the Brigantians and the Catevallauni.
The Exilarchs of Judah in Babylon
While this branch of the House of Nathan were still mercenaries another branch were in Babylon where their Prince or Chief Ner married Princess Shelomith of the Davidic Royal Family in Babylon descended from King Jeconiah of Judah. She was the daughter of the Exilarch (Rosh Galuta) [Ruler of the Jews in Exile in Babylon] Zerrubabel ben Pediyah and the great granddaughter of Jeconiah. Her grandson was Zerrubbabel ben Shealtiel who returned to Palestine from Babylon and became the ruler of Judea. At that same time Elionai was the Babylonian Exilarch. Exilarch Elionai’s son the Exilarch Akkub was the father-in-law of Yochannan the grandson of Zerrubabbel ben Shealtiel of Palestine. Yochannan’s son Judah succeeded his grandfather Akkub as Exilarch. It is from this time that the Exilarch’s came in the male line from the Davidic House of Nathan and only in the female line from the Davidic House of Solomon. Exilarch Judah was the ancestor of Abiud and Abiud’s brother was the Exilarch Hesli who was the ancestor of Heli. The period of Exilarch Hesli was in the mid 3rd century BC. Exilarch Hesli was the grandfather of Exilarch Amos who married a sister of Judas Maccabee. Exilarch Nathan married Ermentia a granddaughter of Eremon of Emania in Ireland. Exilarch Mar Amos’ grandson Mar Joseph married Janna Hyrcanus, the daughter of John Hyrcanus.
Mar Joseph and the Early Kings of Britain and Ireland
Mar Joseph and his eldest son Nathan the Red were involved in trading and owning Tin mines in Southern Britain in partnership with the Exilarch Solomon II of Babylon. Simeon Breac who went with his cousin Nathan to Spain to bring back the Stone of Jacob to the British Isles. In Ireland it was called Lia Fail or the Stone of Destiny. The successors of Red Nathan were called the Great Red Kings or The Red Lords of Heber (the Hebrews). They were the leaders of the Militia of the Red Branch and Guardians of the Sword of David and the red sandstone Stone of Jacob. The Sword of David was also called the Sword of Light and the Sword of Nuada (Nathan). Red Nathan was remembered as a great legislator. His arrival had been prophesied by the prophet and learned King Irial Faidh the son of Eremon. The prophecy of a red head who would rule Ireland called Ruadh [Red Nathan or Nectan Ruadh i.e. Nuada Nect] because of his red hair was passed down the centuries. was seen as a fulfillment of this prophecy in his day. In the 2nd century AD another red haired Nathan would arrive in Ireland from Britain. He was also known as Eoghan Mor and Mogh Nuada. He was the son of Nathan (Nudd/Ludd) and his wife Eurgen of Britain. Nathan (Nudd/Ludd) is the Nosan Ukvon ancestor of the Babylonian Exilarchs. Mogh Nuada battled with the Great Red Lord of Heber known as Conn Chobar or Conn of the Hundred Battles. Conn was also known as Red Abra and Heber Mor. The title Mor had developed from the Hebrew title of Mar for those of the Davidic Family. The name Conn means Lord or King and is the Celtic equivalent to Mar. Its variants are Conan, Cynan, Cun, Cuno, Chunan, and Chuna. Conn in Irish can also mean Dog and could be asociated with the Hebrew “Caleb”. After fighting many battles Conn and Eoghen Mor split Ireland between them and Eoghen Mor married Conn's daughter Bera. The name Eoghen is a variant of Yochanan and Yohanna. Conn was the King of Leinster and Eoghen Mor was king of Munster. This new Nathan established the Order of the Golden Torc (Chain). Conn's son was Art Fiachu is associated with the Fenna Fail. These Irish military orders would be a source for the tales of the knights of the Round Table. There is a great cycle of stories about Conn Chobar and his Knights of the Red Branch. King Art Fiachu was an Irish ancestor of the famous Arthur of Britain. King Art Fiachu married Aioffe the daughter of Yochannan (Jonaans) of Britain and his wife Cesair (Basilda) daughter of King Marcomer IV of Franks and his wife Athildis of Britain (daughter of King Lucius). Art Fiachu and Aioffe were the parents of Sabh (Sabina/Mabh) who married Oillill Olum King of Munster the son of Eoghan Mor and Bera. They were the ancestors of Fergus Mor of Dal Riata on the direct male line.
Queen Aioffe's brother was Nathan of Sefard (Shaphat) who went to Babylon and married Sussannah the daughter of the Exilarch Nahum in the 2nd century. Their son was Mar Chuna I who was also Hunao or Sunno King of Franks and Babylonian Exilarch. He succeeded his uncle king Farabert as King of Franks. Chuna I's daughter Hilderica (Hilda) married Therius (Terah) of Scots. Therius was descended from Fergus Fargi (Phoenisa Farsa/Phares) a son of Red Nathan. Their son Bar Therius became King of Franks after his grandfather Huna (Chuna Mar/ Hunao) and was the ancestor of Faramond and the Carolingian kings. King Farabert of Franks was the father of Frea who married Odin (Woden/Dan) the ancestor of the Danish Kings. Frea was also a granddaughter of King Lucius of Britain. Queen Argotta of Franks was a descendant of Bar Therius who was raped by Dan the Sea King (the Magnificient) of Denmark. Dan the Sea King (the Sea Beast of Poseidan/Neptune) was a descendant of Odin and Frea. Argotta's son by Dan was adopted and bought up by Argotta's husband King Faramond of the Franks. This son was called Clodan (Clodion) and also known as Merovee the Elder. Argotta and Faramond's real son was Clodius and the direct male line ancestor of the Carolingian Kings. The Merovingians descend from this Clodan the Hairy.
The Babylonian Exilarch Chuna I was the forefather of Nathan di Sutra who was known as the Babylonian Exilarch Mar Ukba III. His son Mar Chasdai went to Spain and later his sons went with the Roman army to Britain. His sons were Mar Judah and Mar Gilead. Mar Judah's Roman name was Octavius and Mar Gilead's Gerontius. Mar Judah was known as Eudaf Hen to the Welsh. Mar Chasdai's daughter Cairrion married Eochaidh Mugmedon of Ireland. Eudaf's daughter was Elen who married the Emperor Magnus Maximus. Gerontius' son Cunedda (Chuna the Good) became the Emperor Constantine III. Cunedda married his cousin Gwawl or Elen the daughter of King Coel and his wife Ystradwal (Esther) daughter of Gerontius. Eudaf and Gerontius married into the Royal Family of the Gewisse. The Gewisse were a confederation of Tribes led by the Royal Family of the Silures. Cunedda's son Ceretic was the Judiarch of the Gewisse and his daughter Corun married Nathan the son or grandson of the Babylonian Exilarch Nathan II. Nathan succeeded Ceretic as the Judiarch of the Gewisse. His Roman name was Theodosius. He was the direct male line ancestor of Arthur and also of the Babylonian Exilarch Bustanoi.
Saint David of Wales and King David of Scotland
This article draws on the Welsh, Irish, Scottish and French traditions, genealogies, legends and Romances. It sets out to explain how the descendant of King David known as Mar Joseph in some traditions was connected with Britain and its Royal History. Most of the ancient genealogies of the Welsh trace their Kings back to the figures of Beli or Heli, Nascien, Bran and Joseph of Arimathea. The traditions proclaim the Davidic descent of the ancient British Kings. The Patron Saint of Wales was St.David who was also of Davidic descent. We also find a Royal David who was King of Scotland. In these traditions we also find the name of Nathan and its variants Nascien, Nacien, Nectan, Nectu, Nyssien, Naisi, Nosan, Nuada, Nodens, Nudd and Natan.
This title of Mar (Lord/ Master) is a title associated with the Davidic Exilarchs of Babylon and their families. In the British Isles this Hebrew title became Mawr or Mor and came to mean the Great.
The medieval Romances of Arthur and the Grail came forth firstly in France from the same region as the Romances of Aimeri of Narbonne. These Romances were spread by the Troubadours of Provence and Aquitaine. The Troubadours of France seemed to have access to a rich tradition coming from the Royal descendants of Machir Theodoric of Narbonne's family. Until the mid tenth century many of these families such as the Counts of Toulouse and the Dukes of Aquitaine remained openly Jewish. Later generations sought to hide these Jewish origins. These trouvadors had access to information that connected these families to Arthur. From this same source in Southern France came the pre-Lurainic Kabbalah which seems to have much in common with the mysticism of the Holy Grail.
Messiah ben Ephraim Ruler of the Lost Ten Tribes
The Exilarchic Family preserved the tradition of a future Messiah ben Ephraim who would rule over the Lost Ten Tribes of which the Tribe of Ephraim was the leader. A future Messiah figure would come from Joseph's lineage. Arthur was a type of this Messiah and the Great Monarch would be like Arthur returned. He would be the new Galahad (Gilead). Joseph of Arimathea's son known as Josephes was in fact Gilead ben Joseph and Sir Galahad was one of his descendants.
Identification of the Tribes
The name of Galahad and Gilead became associated with France. France was settled by the Tribe of Giladi or Galaad.The name of Galaad was applied to three tribes of Israel - Rueben, Gad, and Manesseh. The Galaadi of France were mainly of the tribe of Rueben who had grazed their sheep in Eastern Galaad in Israel. The Franks were mainly of the tribe of Manesseh of the clan of Phares and providing a ruling elite in France and Germany. Later these Manessehites would migrate to America leaving the French mainly of Rueben and the Dutch and Germans of Zebulon. The Britons were mainly of the Ephraimite clan of Beredi and the Irish of the Erani clan of Ephraim. The Angles and Saxons were mainly of the clans of the Tribes of Ephraim and Manesseh. The Normans were also of the tribe of Manesseh and many later migrated to America. Ireland had been settled by the clan of Ir of the Tribe of Dan which later left Ireland and eventually rejoined their fellow Danites in Denmark and Sweden. The Heber clan of Asher also settled for a time in Ireland they also left Ireland for Scandinavia and mainly settled in Norway and Sweden, where they rejoined their fellow Asherites known as the Aesir. The Vanir or Danir were of the Tribe of Dan. The Ancient Greeks were mainly of the Tribes of Dan (Mycenaen Greece), Asher, Ephraim and Manesseh (the Dorians). The Western Gadites (Visigoths) entered Greece via the Mediterrenean and the Eastern Gadites (Ostragoths) via Northern Greece. The ancient Albanians were also like the ancient Macedonians and Thracians of the Tribe of Ephraim which migrated to the British Isles. Ancient Britain was known as Albion and Scotland as Albania or Albany. Many tribes passed through Spain but the Tribe of Simeon was prominent especially in Castille. A large portion of Simeon were found amongst the Jews and most of the Marrano families that stayed in Spain came from Simeon. It was amongst the Spanish Marranoes that the Simeonite Festival of Judith was kept. Those that went to Portugal were of the Tribe of Benjamin. Those who refused to convert or later returned to Judaism were mainly of the Tribe of Judah. Those of Levite origin stayed with their Jewish brothers or fled to the Papal States in Italy. The Lombards of Northern Italy were of the Tribe of Levi. Today the bulk of the 12 tribes are in Europe with Judah centred in Israel but with members sprinkled over the world especially in Russia and America. In Russia and Eastern Germany are clans descended from the Ancient Assyrians.
Note: This article was written many years ago and I now have come to many different conclusion about certain aspects of the identiies and events mentioned here.