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Wordwise Insight, Issue #108
August 14, 2013


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): "Lost Tribes" deals with British Israelism, and whether any tribes of Israel have been misplaced.

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Lost Tribes

(Were any tribes of Israel "lost"?)

QUESTION: Were there lost tribes of Israel? Which ones were they? So in the end, as in the Book of Revelation, there will not be twelve tribes then?

ANSWER: Thanks for the question; it’s a good one. To answer it, I have to take a few moments to review some history. Please bear with me.

In Genesis 12:1-3 we read of how God made a covenant with Abraham (confirmed with his son Isaac, and Isaac’s son Jacob) that He would make of Abraham’s descendants a great nation, and give them a land of their own. As the historical record unfolds, we learn that it’s the sons of Jacob who are to form the various tribes of Israel.

The names of the tribes are listed about twenty times in the Word of God, but the listing is not always exactly the same–and we are not always told why this is. Here are a couple of reasons for the variations.

Joseph, one of the twelve sons of Jacob, is included in the list sometimes. But there is no tribe called “Joseph.” Instead, Joseph’s two sons (Jacob’s grandsons), Ephraim and Manasseh, each became the ancestor of a tribe. Also Levi, the priestly tribe, was given no tribal territory of its own. Thus, when we consider the tribes according to their allotment of land, Levi may be omitted.

Under Joshua, the Israelites captured the land of Canaan. Each tribe was given its own territory (except the Levites, who dwelt in the tribal cities of others), and for a period of time the nation were served by a series of judges. But with King Saul, Israel became a monarchy. When he rebelled against the Lord, Saul was replaced by David, and after him, David’s son Solomon ruled over the people.

But with Solomon’s son Rehoboam ascending the throne, a radical change took place. The northern tribes rebelled against Rehoboam’s harsh and arrogant rule, and split off to become a nation unto themselves. For a time, there were...

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