Scripture and Scholars say...


1 Ki. 14:15, God “shall scatter” Israel “beyond the river,” not all in one place.

2 Ki. 10:32, “In those days the Lord began to cut off parts of Israel...” –before their final complete exile.

2 Ki. 17:6, The Assyrian king “captured Samaria and exiled Israel”

Deut. 29:28, “cast them into another land, as it is this day”

Isa. 5:26 “the end of the earth”

Isa. 11:11-12, “the four corners of the earth”

Isa. 27:13 (Vulgate), “those lost from the land of Assyria”

Isa. 49:9, “say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves.” An address to the lost ten tribes according to Jewish midrash “Pesikta Rabbati 31:10”

Isa. 49:21, (Ten Tribes:) “where had they been?”

Jer. 15:4, “I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth”

Hos. 2:14, “I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness,” not a return to Canaan.

Hos. 8:8, “Israel is swallowed up now among the nations”

Hos. 9:17, “wanderers among the nations”

Ezra 1:15, ONLY “Judah and Benjamin” returned; remaining ten tribes did not return

“Israel and Judah... developed more or less independent of the other, Israel in the north and Judah in the south; and only gradually did circumstances bring them together, and then came the inevitable clash of interests, religious as well as political.” –"Hebrew Origins," Theophile James Meek, 1936, p.76

“Israel as a kingdom was never restored from Assyria, as Judah was from Babylon after 70 years.” –Jamieson, Faucett, Brown Commentary, p.650

“There never was a real return from the exile, although some individuals doubtless returned...the captivity of Israel did not actually terminate at 538 [B.C.], nor, in fact, ever.” –Geo. Ricker Berry, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, “Was Ezekiel in the Exile?” pp.89, 92 (Journal of Biblical Literature 49 (1930)

“Many of the towns in southern Judah and Simeon were not reoccupied after the exile. This process was quite as disastrous as it is portrayed in the Old Testament...” –Thos. Davis, “Shifting Sands,” Oxford Univ. Press, 2004

“That the Redeemer comes ‘from Zion’ [Isa. 59:20] for Israel implies that Israel is in exile...” –G.K. Beale and D.A. Carson, “Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament,” Baker Academic, 2007, p.674

“The exile, into all lands, among all nations, was as irrevocably decreed as was the destruction of the city.” –Charles C. Torrey, Yale University, Journal of Biblical Literature 56 (1937), p.206

“...the returnees came only from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin —the exiles in Babylon. The ten tribes did not return...the loss of the [ten] tribes marked the greatest demographic defeat inscribed in Jewish memory since Biblical times.” –Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, “The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History,” Oxford Univ. Press, 2009, pp.17, 117

“Evidently it was a token return...” –Frank Moore Cross, Harvard University, “A Reconstruction Of The Judean Restoration,” Journal of Biblical Literature 94 (1975), p.15

“The tree of Israel, grown from one root with various branches, was cut into pieces.” –John Calvin, cited in Boer, “John Calvin,” pp. 190-191

“The ten [tribes] which had previously been carried away being scattered among the Parthians, Medes, Indians, and Ethiopians never returned to their native country, and are to this day held under the sway of barbarous nations.” –Sulpitius Severus (circa. 360-420 A.D.), Severus, Sacred History, bk ii, ch. Ii, in Schaff, et al., transl. Sulpitius Severus

“Jewish people often thought that ten of the twelve tribes were lost and would be restored only in the end time.” –Craig Keener, “A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew,” Eerdmans, 1999, p.315

The ten tribes’ not returning opened “a huge wound that does not heal.” –Talmudic Haga, Sefer Ha-Berit Ha-Hadash

"The prophecy of a restored and reunited Israel and Judah...was never actually to be fulfilled... Intransigence on the part of both...produced separate and irreconcilable societies that were never able to reunite." -Bruce Vawter, "Amos, Hosea, Micah, With An Introduction To Classical Prophecy," p.81

 

 

 

 

 

A Topical Description of
Book One of a Four-Part Series
by author Steven M. Collins


 

Origin And Empires

 

Of Ancient Israel

 

 

 

Steven M. Collins

 



We are pleased to recommend leading books on the subject of the Biblical promises and covenants to Israel.

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The Lost Tribes Of Israel Series
by Steven M. Collins,

 

The Origin and Empires Of Ancient Israel

This book begins with the call of Abraham and the elements of the unconditional Covenant which God made with Abraham and his descendants. It examines the interpersonal dynamics of the families of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the ancient culture within which they lived and built relationships with God. Modern readers will encounter several surprises as these Patriarchal families are discussed. The family of Jacob and his twelve sons, the progenitors of the tribes of Israel, is examined in depth,
and the insights about their successes and dysfunctional qualities offer guidance for locating and identifying their descendants from that time forward.

Physical evidence of the Israelites' being a slave people in Egypt is presented, and evidence that the names of several biblical personalities was preserved in an often-overlooked historical source. Strong evidence is also presented that the real Mt. Horeb, on which Moses and the Israelites received the Torah and made a covenant with God, is not in Egypt's Sinai desert, but rather in another location identified both in the Bible and by physical evidence existing to this day.

Origins And Empire Of Ancient Israel book coverThe role of the Israelite tribes in the ancient Sea Peoples is shown to parallel accounts about them in the book of Judges. This book then reveals new information about King David, the warrior king who united the tribes of Israel, made lasting alliances with Tyre and Sidon, and built an Israelite Empire. Both the Bible and secular history contain evidence that David's forces crushed the Assyrian Empire (which fueled Assyria's desire for revenge upon Israel in later centuries). Greek historians discussed much about the power of the Phoenician Empire from about 1100-700 B.C., and they identified the land of Israel as being part of the homeland of Phoenicia's Empire. Much evidence is offered that the Phoenician Empire was, in fact, the Empire of Israel and its allies from Tyre and Sidon. King Solomon then presided over a Golden Age of scientific learning and global exploration that was made possible by the world dominance of the Phoenician Empire led by Israel. The "birthright" and "sceptre" promises, made to the tribes of Joseph and Judah, respectively, reached an ancient apex at that time. This Golden Age was short and began to fade as Solomon abandoned God and turned to idols in his old age.

The critical ethnic and historical difference between "Israel" and "Judah" is made clear in this book. Unless modern Christians understand this critical difference, they cannot possibly understand either the history of the Israelite tribes or future prophecies about them. Israel and Judah were not tiny, shepherd kingdoms clinging to an existence on the coast of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. This book documents that the Israelites were not only major players in ancient history, but actually became the leading power on earth under Kings David and Solomon. Their power was so extensive that it was recorded in the ancient histories of India. When the it is realized that the Israelite tribes had major roles in that ancient time, it becomes easier for the reader to understand that the ten tribes have also had major roles in the world's geopolitics from that time forward.

This book is available for US$20 plus shipping direct from Bible Blessings Christian Resources at their website: www.bibleblessings.net

Read an interesting excerpt from this book on the "Book Excerpts" section of this website!

 

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