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The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History
Benite, Zvi Ben-Dor

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013 pp. xiii + 302. $21.95


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The legendary story of the ten lost tribes of Israel has resonated among both Jews and Christians down through the centuries: the compelling idea that some core group of humanity was ''lost'' and exiled to a secret place, perhaps someday to return triumphant. In The Ten Lost Tribes, Zvi Ben-Dor Benite shows for the first time the extent to which the search for the lost tribes of Israel became, over two millennia, an engine for global exploration and a key mechanism for understanding the world.

As the book reveals, the quest for the missing tribes and the fervent belief that their restitution marked a necessary step toward global redemption have been threaded through countless historical momentsófrom the formation of the first ''world'' empires to the age of discovery, and from the spread of European imperialism to the rise of modern-day evangelical apocalypticism. More than a historical survey of an enduring myth, The Ten Lost Tribes offers a unique prism through which to view the many facets of encounters between cultures, the processes of colonization, and the growth of geographical knowledge.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Other Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Israel, Ideological Critique, History of Interpretation

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Review by Joshua Schwartz
Published 10/2/2014
Citation: Joshua Schwartz, review of Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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