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

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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.

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Tudor Parfitt is Research Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs and President Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies at Florida International University and Emeritus Professor of Modern Jewish Studies in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Published November 1, 2003 by Phoenix. 288 pages
Genres: History.

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A travelogue to the comers of the Jewish people, Parfitts' book covers his journey across ancient trade routes from Syria to Japan, Ethiopia, and finally South Africa in search of people who call themselves Jewish but are not always recognized as such, or who are captive Jews.

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The myth of the Lost Tribes of Israel has its origins deep in Jewish antiquity, writes Parfitt: the restructuring of the tribes of the “twelve sons of Jacob” and the division of Israel into the northern and southern kingdoms, followed by the Assyrian invasions of 732 and 721 b.c.

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Tudor Parfitt, a scholar of Hebrew and Jewish studies (but not a Jew himself), has traveled around the world in search of the lost tribes of Israel, and "The 13th Gate" is the anecdotal account of his pilgrimage to half a dozen obscure, exotic and remote Jewish and pseudo-Jewish communities.

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