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Ten Lost Tribes of Israel
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Since the tribal territories of Judah (Judah/Judea) and Benjamin lay within the biblical Southern Kingdom, it is generally assumed that ten of the 12 tribes of Israel lived in the Northern Kingdom. We read in 2 Kgs 17:6 and 18:11 that Sargon II deported the population of the Northern Kingdom in 722 bce and settled its members in various places in Assyria. According to the version of Chronicles (Chronicles, Books of; 1 Chr 5:26), in 733 bce Tiglath Pileser III had already carried off some tribes to the same places, where they lived “to this day.” Since Ez…

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Jacobs, Martin, “Ten Lost Tribes of Israel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026491>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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