THERE ARE CURRENTLY TWO OPINIONS IN CIRCULATION ABOUT THE NAME OF ZEDEKIAH’S DAUGHTER, through whom the Royal Descent from David was transferred from Palestine to Britain: was she Tea‑Tephi or Scota? The Federation’s Committee on Teaching has been looking into this question with a view to clarification and the correction of any erroneous ideas that have been published in the past.
Ever since the publication in 1840 of John Wilson’s book Our Israelitish Origin, it has been realised that the Royal House of Britain must have been descended from the Biblical House of David to whom God made promises of an enduring dynasty. Since our own royal house can, without difficulty, trace its ancestry back to the ancient kings of Ireland, it was necessary to find a connecting link with Zedekiah, the last king of Judah. The Bible tells us that all his sons were slain, but that the king’s daughters were taken to Egypt with Jeremiah, after which no more was heard of them (Jer. 43:5‑7).