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The " Lost " Ten Tribes of Israel...Found! [Paperback]

Steven M. Collins
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  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: CPA Books (31 Dec 1995)
  • ISBN-10: 0944379117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944379110
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,504,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost in speculation 19 Dec 2010
The author of this book, Stephen M. Collins, is a former member of Barry Fell's hyperdiffusionist organization, the National Epigraphic Society. His religious views are less clear, but he seems to be a dissident Adventist or Armstrongite. The book itself is published by the Christian Patriot Association, apparently a militia outfit in Oregon, best known for its attempt to create an underground bank independent of the IRS. Judging by the author's website, his political positions are less extreme than those of the CPA, however. (The book was published almost 15 years ago.)

The whereabouts of the ten lost tribes of Israel has fascinated both Jews and Christians for millennia. Virtually all regions of the globe has been proposed as the true home of the lost tribes: India, China, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, even northern Europe. The Mormons still believe that the American Indians are descendent from the tribe of Manasseh. That would make *me* a true Israelite. Thank you. Meanwhile, many Oriental Jewish communities claim to be one of the lost tribes, and if you accept that, most of the tribes have already been re-united with Judah in modern Israel. This is also the position of some Orthodox Jews. Of all the speculations about the lost tribes, the only ones that are at least seemingly serious place them in Kashmir and Afghanistan. But even that seems to be a very long shot.

Collins believes in something known as British Israelism. Under this scenario, northwestern Europeans in general and the Anglo-Saxons in particular are descended from the ten lost tribes mentioned in the Bible. More specifically, Britain is Ephraim while the United States is Manasseh. This position was also held by Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God (WCG).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Thoroughly Documented Book on this Subject I've Read 9 Dec 2001
By W. Bullock - Published on
This book approaches a subject which is considered to be heretical to most of today's fundamental Christian denominations.
I am a Baptist who happens to disagree with this assessment and I am introducing this subject in Baptist circles whenever I get the opportunity. Unfortunately, it disturbs too many long held belief systems and eschatologies.
I've read several books on this subject and this one is the most thoroughly documented I've read yet. One reviewer mentioned another that has even better documentation - so I will probably read it also.
I was pleased the author used the work of the late Barry Fell who has written concerning the evidence that Semitic / Hebrew people roamed the American continent at least two thousand years before Columbus. Unfortunately, Dr. Fell's book, "America BC" is out of print, but the reader should try to find it at the library. This is a subject which deserves far more attention than it currently receives.
I believe the author would have made an even stronger case for his hypothesis if he had referenced Isaac Mozeson's book, "The Word: The Dictionary That Reveals the Hebrew Source of English". Many of our words which we've been taught originated from Latin or Greek actually have their origin in Hebrew. The Latins and Greeks borrowed them from Hebrew.
There are three areas of contention I have with the thesis of this book as well as all books on this subject. I am hoping an author will address them some day.
1) They always put forth the theory that the Sacae people ( who later were called Saxons )called themselves "Sacae", or something similar, because they are descendants of Isaac. However, the Hebrew pronunciation of Isaac's name doesn't contain the sound s-a-c. It is pronounced Yitzkok ( Like the late Yitzchak Rabin ). The author of this book doesn't address this issue. If I remember correctly, Raymond Capt mentions in one of his books that some Hebrew names eventually lost the initial letters, so "Isaac" becomes "Saac". However this doesn't explain how two more Hebrew consonants in Isaac's name simply evolve into an "s" sound. I will attempt to read some of the material referenced in the author's footnotes to see if there is an answer there. However, I think this is important enough to be addressed within the body of the book, since much of the hypothesis presented depends on the Sacae people being Israelite because they referred to themselves by Isaac's name.
2) These authors always mention that England is Ephraim and the United States is Manasseh. This is hard to understand since many Americans are descended from English colonists. How can an American derive from Manasseh, but his British ancestor derived from Ephraim? This needs to be explained more fully.
3)This author, and most of the others who write on this subject, mentions the Hebrew origin of the word "British". In Hebrew, "Brit" means "covenant" and "ish" means "man". Therefore the word "British" means "covenant man". However, the grammar of Hebrew would place the word "man" before the word "covenant", according to all the Hebrew Grammar textbooks I've studied. This departure from the normal grammatical usage should be addressed and explained. I don't dispute the hypothesis, I would just like to have the discrepancy resolved.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-reasearched new paradigm of Biblical History! 1 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Finally, an honest researcher dealing with the central themes of the Bible- 1) Israel-- it's historical and prophetical importance in understanding the "Book" 2)How the Messiah,--the Son of God, was presented, prepared and nurtured to enter his ministry- physically-- as well as spiritually.
Notably ABSENT were any racial agenda's or "wierd" ETHNIC doctrines, or the like, which have become trendy today among some-self-serving radical "identity" groups,--seemingly desperate for "Unique-hood".
On the contrary,I was impressed with Mr. Collins, logic,hard work and balance. Incredibly, WITHOUT ANY HINT of a marketing ploy, or so-called "hate agenda", this author manages to put out a straitforward ENTERTAINING INFORMATIVE,HISTORICAL READ, with more than enough factual intormation TO PLACE IT IN THE-- HISTORY, RATHER THAN THEOLOGY--CATAGORY!!!
Persuasive arguements are developed for the little-known "World-Ruling Influence" of Ancient Israel. Circa 1000 b.c. under David and Solomon, vast wealth as well as military power profiled a more accurate view of the Nation of Israel--THAT KINGDOM OF ISRAEL at it's zenith.
Moreover, the author explains that niether "National Captivity" -nor- "apparent" ANONIMITY ever stopped YHVH's promises made to Abraham's Seed. He argues that God has obligated Himself to fullfill ALL those promises, throughout the past and on into the future --as the Bible indicates.
Israel was apparently never "lost" --except on purpose--by enemies and their historians. Modern education embraced the "Lost" concept, and confused the issue for years.
In addition, according to Collins research, Christ, the Priest-King-Promised-Descendant of Israelite heritage, must have had some degree of Education, Wealth, --and Political as well as Theological Influence--in order to impact the world as he did--more than any Government that ever Governed, or Ruler that ever Ruled.
Collins concludes .--and documents from scripture and secular sources --that Jesus was a well known-significant- figure of his day, tolerated by the Romans, murdered by the Jews, and "buried" in history by his enemies.
And, I found this refreshing. Mr. Collins openly admits some conclusions are speculative in nature, but has the honesty to differentiate speculation from fact, and label each accordingly. He ends his work, by painstakingly listing each of the "Lost" Ten Tribes of Israel and attempts to "identify" each in today's world, thru both Bilical and Historical, as well as Socialogical clues.
As for my opinion, --a businessman, 40year Bible Student,--longtime Ordained Minister, and avid History Buff, I believe the book to be genuinely inspired and practical. Easily read, non-technical, it was like reading an adventure story. I've never seen anything like it on the subject. It's an invaluable tool in my reference library.
"Good stuff, Maynard!" Keep it up.
P.S. Don't loan it out--you'll never see it again.
JJ Aschenbrenner Pastor Mountainview Church of God Denver, Colorado
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answer many questions 24 Nov 2006
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Even when I was in grades 6-12, I always wondered where the ancient peoples discussed in school history books came from. We would study a group of people that seemed to appear in history all of a sudden with no explanation as to where the people came from, why they became strong, who the people were, etc. Steven Collins book provided a logical explanation regarding the origin of various peoples in history. It answers questions why America & England have enjoyed such a high standard of living and such prominence in history. This book turned the light bulb in my head on. I was so excited to read each page. There was so much in each sentence and paragraph to digest...this is not a quick read. I highly recommend this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Read, Well Documented and Researched 12 Nov 2007
By Joseph J. Slevin - Published on
Although I do not agree with all of Steve Collins conclusions of the book, his research and piecing of things together make this a fascinting history. Collins takes you from the times of Ancient Israel to modern times building threads of evidence into a tapestry. Most telling to me was the connection of the Israelites to the Carthaginians. I have researched a lot of history, but the names, titles and offices of the societies of both were basically the same. That cannot be a meer coincidence, especially since both the Israelites and the Phoeonecians (ancestors of the Carthaginians) were trading partners. Could it be that they came together during a time of invasion and crisis to form a new society, Carthage?

Also intriguing is his connecting the Goths with the Scyths. Just by references from ancient Greece and ancient Rome the same peoples were called these names by these peoples. The Greeks called them Scyths, the Romans called them Goths. That these peoples inhabited the same regions at the same time also is telling. Where did they come from? Even reading older versions of the Brittanica there are interesting hints of peoples coming from the east and no dots are connected unless you work on it.

Collins weaves history, myth and archeology into a new fabric. Although some may impune his direction, much of what he writes about in this book is simply ignored. Sadly the Identity movement has extremists within its midsts that have tarnished a very interesting idea. If the British and Northern European peoples were descended from the "Tribes of Israel," they would discover in their heritage a world free from bigotry. The Israel of the Bible was to accept all who sojourned there and eventually call them brothers. Ancient Israel was to be an example of love and tolerance of others.

Read the Lost Ten Tribes. Collins is not part of the Identidy movement, never has been. That his books may appeal to them, may be a small matter. I look forward to his other books.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History made easy 1 April 2000
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This book was all I had hoped it would be, and so much more! Mr. Collins takes you on a detective experience and follows the footprints. He has researched historical records and documents his sources. The "lost tribes" of Israel have never been lost at all. His style is very readable, and passes the "I can't put it down" test.
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