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Later Kings

There is little to suggest that this trading activity continued to be of major importance, though one reference suggests that it continued for a time. There is an enigmatic mention of the existence of a fleet of ships ‘of the Tarshish type’ in the time of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, which was wrecked at Ezion‐geber. Jehoshaphat appears to have refused the help of Ahaziah, king of Israel. Ahaziah was Ahab's son, so may have had links with Tyre and therefore have been able to supply Phoenician sailors (1 Kgs. 22: 48–9 ). What is clear is that it was the Phoenicians who became the great traders around the Mediterranean and beyond. Ezekiel's lament over Tyre (Ezek. 27 ) gives a summary of the extent of their activities, and some of the place names on the map are taken from this chapter. It suggests that such places were well known to the people of Judah, and it is not impossible that Israelites may have engaged in trade with some of the same peoples.

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