Lost Tribes of Israel: The History of a Myth

Lost Tribes of Israel: The History of a Myth

by Tudor Parfitt

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Lost Tribes of Israel: The History of a Myth by Tudor Parfitt


The quest for the Lost Tribes of Israel, like the quest for the Holy Grail, is one of the enduring motifs underlying Western views of the wider world. It has spawned legends that have been used to explain the origin of myriad people around the globe, from ancient times until the present. Each tribe of Israel claimed descent from one of the twelve sons of Jacob, and the land of Israel was eventually divided up between them. The tribes disappeared from history centuries before Christ, but the Bible foretold that one day they would be reunited in the final redemption of the people of Israel. Their subsequent history became a tapestry of hearsay, and the belief persisted that they had been “lost” in some remote part of the world. In his new book, Tudor Parfitt travels the world to trace the history of this compelling myth. Tudor Parfitt is the author of Operation Moses and Journey to a Vanished City.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842126653
Publisher: Phoenix
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
1.The Lost Tribes of Israel1
2.As the Sand of the Sea: Israelites, the Spanish and the New World28
3.The Invisible Hebrews - a Myth of Albion41
4.The Puritans, American Indians and the End of Days66
5.A Star in the West: Israelites and the Americas91
6.From the Chi'ang to the Karen: Israel in the East115
7.The Land of Hard Bondage: the Lost Tribes in India132
8.The Burmese Frontier: The Land of Strangers149
9.Doomed to Wander: Lost Tribes in the Pacific and New Zealand163
10.Our Own People of Joseph's Seed: Japan176
11.Africa: Abraham's Seed193
12.Crossing the Red Sea229
Conclusion246
Notes250
Index299

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