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10 Israelite tribes that, according to the Bible, were transported to Assyria by Tiglathpileser III or Shalmaneser after the conquest of IsraelIsrael
[as understood by Hebrews,=he strives with God], according to the book of Genesis, name given to Jacob as eponymous ancestor of the Hebrews, the chosen people of God.
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 in 722 B.C. Numerous conjectures have been advanced as to the fate of these tribes: they have been identified with the people of Arabia, India, Ethiopia, and America (North, Central, South) and with other groups, including the Nestorians of Mesopotamia, the Afghans, the high-caste Hindus, and the holy Shindai class of Japan. The Anglo-Israelite theory identifies the English people with the lost tribes; it was, in the 17th cent., a factor in helping the Jews to reenter England. The identification of the Native North Americans with the 10 lost tribes figured in the writings of the early New England Christian theologians.
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The Ten Lost Tribes weaves together a complex history with many details, and needs to be read carefully.
He explained to me that the ten lost tribes of Israel, described in the Old Testament, migrated and became the Anglo-Saxon people.
The lands he describes include the realm of Prester John, the land of darkness, and the abode of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, all legendary.
Rabbi Eliyahu Avichayil, who has dedicated his life to seeking out descenda= nts of the Ten Tribes and bringing them to Israel, says he does not need or= trust genetic testing for this purpose: =93Rashi=92s explanation to Jeremi= ah 31, 20 implies that the way to identify the Ten Lost Tribes will be via = the Jewish customs that they maintain =96 and in this case, there are many = of them.
Hebrew University anthropologist Shalva Weil, who curated a 1991 exhibition at Tel Aviv's Diaspora Museum on "The Myth of the Ten Lost Tribes," writes,
The Black Hebrews claim to be descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes.
A sub-group of the Shinlung tribe, who reside in the northeastern Indian states of Mizoram and Manipur, near the border with Burma and Bangladesh, the Bnei Menashe claim descent from the tribe of Menashe (Manasseh), one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel exiled by the Assyrians over 2,700 years ago.
The B'nei Menashe believe they are members of the tribe of Menashe, part of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel who were dispersed by the Assyrians 2,500 years ago.