Ancient Jewish History The Ten Lost Tribes
The Kingdom of Israel – consisting of the ten tribes (the twelve tribes excluding Judah and Benjamin whom constituted the southern Kingdom of Judah) – dropped in 722 B.C.E. as well as its inhabitants had been exiled by the Assyrians. As a whole, it can be said that these tribes disappeared through the stage of history. Nevertheless, the passage that they had maintained a separate existence and that the time would come when they would be rejoined with their brethren, the descendants of the Exile of Judah to Babylon in I chronicles 5 26 to the effect that the ten tribes were there “unto this day” and the prophecies of Isaiah (11 11), Jeremiah (31 8), and above all of Ezekiel (37 19вЂ“24) kept alive the belief. Their invest history, however, is substituted by legend, as well as the legend of the Ten Lost Tribes the most fascinating and persistent in Judaism and beyond it.
The belief into the continued existence for the ten tribes had been thought to be an incontrovertible reality during the entire period of the next Temple and of the Talmud.
*Tobit , the hero of this apocryphal b k of their name, ended up being depicted as a member of the tribe of Naphtali; the Testament of the 12 Patriarchs takes their existence being a fact; and in their 5th vision, IV Ezra (13 34вЂ“45) saw a “peaceable multitudeвЂ¦ these are the ten tribes that have been caught up prisoners out of their land that is very own. Josephus (Ant., 11 133) states as a fact “the ten tribes are beyond the Euphrates till now, and therefore are a enormous number and not to be calculated in figures.” Paul (Acts 26 6) protests to Agrippa that he’s accused “for the hope for the promise made unto our fathers, unto which vow our twelve tribes, instantly serving God, aspire to come,” while James addresses his epistle to “the twelve tribes which are spread about” (1 1). Continue reading