tiras Summary and Overview
tiras in Easton's Bible Dictionary
the youngest of the sons of Japheth (Gen. 10:2; 1 Chr. 1:5).
tiras in Smith's Bible Dictionary
(desire), the youngest son of Japheth, #Ge 10:2| usually identified with the Thracians, as presenting the closest verbal approximation to the name.
tiras in Schaff's Bible Dictionary
TI'RAS (desire?), the youngest son of Japheth. Gen 10:2; 1 Chr 1:5. Probably the Thracians are meant.
tiras in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Genesis 10:2. Josephus (Ant. 1:6, section 1) identifies his descendants with the Thracians, including the Getae (from whence came the Goths) and Dacians. Tuch derives the Tyrsenians from Tiras. (See ROSH.) Thracian tribes occupied most of northern and central Asia Minor originally. The Bithynians were Thracians. So also the Mariandynians, Paphlagonians, Phrygians (another form of the Thracian Briges), and Mysians (answering to the Moesi). Tiras follows Meshech in the genealogy, just as the Thracian tribes of Asia Minor adjoined the Moschi toward the W. Thus Genesis 10 includes among Japhet's descendants the vast nation of the Thracians, extending from the Halys in Asia Minor to the Drave and Save in Europe. Bria (perhaps "town"), in Mesembria, Selymbria, is a solitary relic of the Thracian tongue. The name has been identified as appearing in Aga-thyrsi. Taur-us, and Tyras (the river Dniester).