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History of the Man Darda

Darda, a real person in the Biblical narrative, is descended from Judah, one of the 12 sons of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham. In the account of Tamar and Judah (Genesis 38) we read that Tamar conceived of Judah and bore him twin sons, Perez (or Pherez) and Zerah. Perez was the ancestor of King David, King Solomon and the monarchs of Israel and Judah. Perez is also recorded in the New Testament as the ancestor of Jesus (Matthew 1:13; Luke 3:33).

The other twin of Tamar and Judah was Zerah, and his descendents were the Ezrahites (c.f. I Kings 4:31; I Chronicles 2:6; Psalm 88:1 and Psalm 89:1). Dara is also Darda in the Biblical text. A scribal error explains the omission of the Hebrew letter Dalet or English
“D” since the Hebrew letters Dalet and Resh (“R”) are very similarly written and easily confused. Actually, a double Resh is not possible in the Hebrew language.

Darda is only mentioned twice in the Biblical record, and he is indeed very important because he connects the Biblical record to the “secular” or “non-Biblical” history.

Although many “politically correct” people would deem both Darda and Biblical personalities as “mythical,” this is an incorrect assumption. Modern “secular scholars” have broadened the word “mythical” to the Bible by combining the true Biblical account with pagan tales of gods and goddesses without the consideration that ancestors were deified and given different names in pagan literature. The Biblical record does not make the ancestors of the heros into gods and goddesses. Therefore, we do not see mythology in Biblical literature.

As for the Biblical persons and the Bible's ancient genealogical lists, they were people like us, who breathed, lived and loved, bore children, and fought to survive and gave glory to the one, true God of the universe.

Darda became the name of several Trojan kings whose ancestors migrated from the rest of the 12 tribes of Jacob. They may, in all likelihood, have separated from the rest of Zerah's children prior to the migration of Jacob and his sons into Egypt to join Joseph where that group of 70 grew in Egypt, 400 years before being led out of Egypt by Moses in 1447 B.C. The Dardanian group would have migrated north and west to Anatolia (modern Turkey) and to Troy where they rested until the fall of Troy (c. 1250 B.C.) while the Israelites were conquering Canaan and settling in during the period of the Judges. However, more careful scholars date the fall of Troy around 950 BC or after King Solomon on the basis of the many chronologies in ancient historical records. When studied from these sources, there is no chronological problem with identifying the Darda of I Kings 4:31 with Darda of Troy. Thus the migrations of the Dardanians (Trojans) would have been later, but before the so called migrations of the 10 lost tribes of Israel after 722 BC, when the northern kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity and dispersed.

As the Dardanian groups of people migrated across Anatolia, they left their legacy behind in place names and their language. One can trace their movements by various place names from Tarshish to Troy to the Dardanelles which could mean “Dardan of Eliyon (God)”. Troy can be a form of the name DaR(da). There are affirmations linguistically that the name
TuRkey and AnaToLia could be related to the Semitic root, DaRda.

After the fall of Troy to the Greeks, the Dardanians left Troy and some went southwest to Italy settling in Etruria to become mixed with others to become the Etruscans, whom Virgil mentions in the Aenead. Other Trojans migrated westward through Eastern Europe and possibly became the Goths who went as far as Central and Western Europe. Some migrated into Macedonia and became the Macedonians who brought forth Alexander the Great. Alexander is not necessarily a Greek name but could have been Semitic. The non-Greek, Paris, prince of Troy, also bore the name Alaksandu (similar to Alexander), the name of several earlier Trojan kings. Alexander the Great, being taught by Aristotle, may have been falsely led to believe that he was a descendent of Achilles, a Spartan Greek, when in fact, his ancestors were Trojans.

There is a memory of the name Darda and his descendents linguistically, which stretches from Canaan all the way to Eastern, Central and Western Europe to all of present day France.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, there have been astounding new archeological discoveries in Eastern Europe related to the Trojans. Much of the cultural remains and artifacts have a very close affinity with that of Troy.

Place names, legends, linguistics and other ancient sources give credence to past beliefs that the Dardanians, or descendents of Darda, were the ancient Trojans who migrated to all of Europe. They were the peoples who began and created the European monarchies, from the Gothic Barbarian bearded ones, the Merovingians, to Pepin, to Charles Martel, Charlemagne and William the Conqueror. Many important people came out of this dynasty which reaches back into the very remote past. Not only do the monarchies of Europe trace their genealogy back, but others are included such as John Quincy Adams, John Adams, and Priscilla Mullins (Molineaux), who goes back to the Mayflower fame and ancestor of the Adamses. The name Mullins was anglicized from the French Molineaux (Molines, Molyneau) who were related to Quincy in France and back to Hugh Capet, the first king of France. Other people such as Winston Churchill and Princess Diana Spencer Windsor also are related as well, and even the unfortunate Romanovs of the Russian Revolution.

The royalty of Europe kept records of their ancestry and genealogies for historical reasons because they were literate and more educated than the masses. They were very interested in their roots much more than people are in this “post modern” age. It is this author’s personal belief that these peoples were much more knowledgeable of their historical roots than we are today. This author also believes that they knew that they came from the Trojans and that the Trojans were fully aware of their Semitic roots to Judah of Israel. It is documented that Queen Elizabeth I wanted to visit Troy as she understood that her ancestry went back to that civilization.

It is also very interesting how linguistic evidence regarding names of people strongly suggest a connection to Troy and Darda. Names like Tilda, Matilda, Hilda, Tylden, and many other names can be traced back to Darda.

In all probability, Alexander III of Macedonia, otherwise known as Alexander the Great, was of Trojan descent rather than from Achilles, the Spartan who helped defeat the Trojans. Alexander’s roots go back to Macedonia in southern Europe, and the Macedonians go back to the time of the Trojans, who then suddenly appear between the time of Judah and Zerah, and the time of Solomon, about a 300 year span. The Trojans (Dardanians) would have migrated after the Fall of Troy (950 BC) to Western Europe following the Dan River to France, to Rome and Macedonia. The beginning of Macedonia seems to reflect the dates 1250 to 950 BC.

Even more astonishing is the Biblical prophecy by Jacob in Genesis 49:10 regarding the descendents of Judah. He said that the scepter would not depart from Judah. As we look back over history, we see in our day all the kingdoms of Europe going back to Troy. We also see a continuous line of blood to the remote Biblical prophecy. In addition to that, we see the Biblical line of Jesus of the eternal spiritual Kingdom going back as well. This means that BOTH sons of Judah and their ancestors were included in that marvelous prophecy. Jacob did not say that the scepter would not depart from Pherez alone (Jesus’ ancestor), but that the scepter would not depart from Judah, which would include his son, Zerah, from which Darda came.

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