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The Mystery of the Ten Lost Tribes

A Critical Survey of Historical and Archaeological Records relating to the People of Israel in Exile in Syria, Mesopotamia and Persia up to ca. 300 BCE

Author(s): Ziva Shavitsky

Book Description

There have been many legends and traditions regarding the ten lost tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. This book draws upon extensive discoveries and information published regarding the movement of the People of Israel and Judah from Davidic times to the dawn of the Hellenistic period. The author has tested the biblical records against archaeological evidence, testimony and inscriptions found in Syria, Assyria, Babylon and Persia. In very many cases, the inscriptions excavated in these places coincide almost word for word with the biblical record.

The early chapters also investigate evidence of migrations and movement by people to neighbouring countries by reason of seeking sanctuary, trade, marriage or in times of famine. Evidence has been found supporting the theory that many of the Northern Captives joined the tribes of the South who continued to live independently until the destruction of the First Temple. Hence it is not just a matter of investigating the transfer of captives out of Judah and the Northern Kingdom but also additional evidence found in the Bible or documents that bear evidence to Jewish people who lived, traded or served in various capacities in other lands. There is also some clear indication that many of the later captives joined their brethren who had been exiled to other lands earlier. The later chapters mention some traditions and legends that exist among many tribes that to this day trace their origins to the Exiles who belonged to the twelve tribes of Israel and Judah.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3502-2
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3502-1
Date of Publication: 01/01/2012
Pages / Size: 270 / A5
Price: £39.99


Ziva Shavitsky is a Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature. She is a former Director of The Centre for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Melbourne. Her areas of teaching and research cover Biblical Literature as well as modern Hebrew Language and Literature. Her publications include articles and chapters dealing with Biblical topics and Modern Hebrew authors. She has also co-authored a Lexicon based on the commentary of Ibn Ezra. She has been President of The Australian Association of Jewish Studies as well as co-editor of the Australian Journal for Jewish Studies.