● Riddle Me This. Why Do Most People Search for Atlantis and not Ophir?
King Solomon sent ships to Ophir to bring back almug (or algum) trees, along with gold and precious stones.
Research about Ophir’s geographical location is scant.
In short, no one seems to know where it is!
If it is ever found, it will probably be by accident, because everybody keeps searching for Atlantis. :)
The last bit of recorded information we have about Ophir is that the ships that set sail to go there which were sent by another king, never made it to their destination!
So I can sort of understand why people would rather go look for Atlantis. Atlantis disappeared. Not the folks who were looking for it!!! (O.o)
- 1 Kings 9:28 — And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon.
- 1 Kings 10:11 — And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones.
- 1 Kings 22:48 — Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber.
Photo credit: Wikipedia: Solomon and the Plan for the Temple, as in 1 Kings 6, illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company
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Originally published at cmoneyspinner.blogspot.com on January 15, 2015.