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Perkiraan letak Tarsis

Tarsis (Ibrani: תַּרְשִׁישׁ) muncul dalam Alkitab Ibrani dalam beberapa pengartian tak jelas, yang biasanya dikatakan sebagai tempat (mungkin kota besar atau wilayah) di seberang laut Tanah Israel dan Foenisia (Tarsis sekarang adalah nama desa di Distrik Gunung Lebanon). Tarsis dikatakan mengekspor sejumlah besar metal penting ke Israel dan Foenisia. Nama tempat yang sama muncul dalan inskripsi-inskripsi Akkadia dari Esarhaddon (raja Asiria, wafat 669 SM) dan juga pada inskripsi Foenisia di Prasasti Nora. Lokasi pastinya tak pernah diketahui, dan kemudian lenyap pada zaman kuno. Legenda berkembang sepanjang waktu sehingga identitasnya telah menjadi bahan riset cendekiawan dan tafsiran selama lebih dari dua ribu tahun.

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