1. Rabbinical Source says that Folk
Differentiation of Each Tribe amongst the Ten Tribes was Predicted!
There were actually 13 Tribes. Levi was scattered amongst the other Tribes.
Joseph was divided into Ephraim and Manasseh. A quorum of 12 Tribes is
maintained in Scripture by various difference in counting.
The Tribes split into two: The Kingdom of Israel in the north encompassed 10
The Kingdom of Judah in the south included the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin.
The source below says that the northern Ten Tribes (i.e. all those in the
Kingdon of Israel) were each different in a National communal sense from each
This differentiation had been indicated in the Blessing to Jacob.
Re The blessing of Isaac to Jacob:
# May God Almighty bless you,
And make you fruitful and multiply you,
That you may be an assembly of peoples [Genesis 28:3] #
Commentary HaNatziv [Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin,1816 - 1893]: an assembly of Peoples. [Hebrew: Amim]:
An Assembly [Hebrew, "Kahal"] is ten...and Amim [Peoples] denotes peoples who
are recognizable in their individual folk distinctions even though they may be
under one government and speak the same language....Yacob was being told that
from the Seed of Jacob would emerge Ten Peoples. This means that each Tribe
would have its own mannerisms and be a people in its own right. This is despite
them having one Law [Torah] and one king. They would nevertheless be
differentiated in their ways of life.
Only the Tribe of Benjamin and the Tribe of Judah had one shared way of life
while Levi was encompassed by all the other Tribes.
The Tribe of Joseph had a folk culture common to both Ephraim and Mannasseh.
This is the meaning of an Assembly of Peoples [Kahal Amim].
2. Messiah Son of Joseph to Lead the Ten
Tribes! Additional Foremost Rabbinical Sources.
# The Chatam Sofer [Yalkut Teshuvot Part
6; s. 98 "Veda"] explains that Moshiach ben David and Moshiach ben Yosef each
pertain to the two Kingdoms: The Kingdom of the House of David and the Kingdom
of the Ten Tribes. In the end they will become one Tree [Ezekiel 37]. The truth
is that the expression Kingdom ["Malcut" i.e Royalty] pertains to the Messiah
son of David. Rulership belongs to the Messiah son of Joseph [see Chida, Chomat
Anak, HaMolac, timloc].. the Torah testifies that Joseph was the Ruler over all
the Land. The Messiah son of Joseph will reign by force. So too, Joshua from the
Tribe of Ephraim conquered the Land [by force].
Joseph is called Righteous [Tsadik] for he conquers his evil urges while David
is called a Master of Kindness [Chasid]. # Chaim David Moseh Halperin, "Sefer
Chemdah Tovah", 258, Lakewood, USA, 5772.
3. The Goths, Gad, and the Terrible
Brit-Am identified the Tribe of Gad with the Goths of Sweden.
In Biblical Hebrew the name Gad could be pronounced as Goth while the Goths for
their part seem to sometimes have referred to themselves as
For more markers of identification,
See, "The Tribes".
Moses blessed the Tribe of Gad saying: Deuteronomy 33:
20 And of Gad he said:
Blessed is he who enlarges Gad;
He dwells as a lion,
And tears the arm and the crown of his head.
Rashi: Those they killed were
recognizable. They would cut off the head with the shoulder in one blow.
--- In Germanic-L@yahoogroups.com, Paul Finlow-Bates wrote:
Subject: [Germanic-L] Re: arrival of Germanic languages arrives 300 BC in
Ammianus Marcellinus describes the
effects of Gothic blades on Roman soldiers, and how a typical swordstroke clove
the head of the opponent so that "the two halves, horrible indeed, drooped over
either shoulder". And the execution of Odovacar at the hands of the Ostrogothic
king Theodoric was probably done with a similar blade. Theodoric landed a heavy
blow on Odocacar's collar bone while Odovacar was being restrained by his men,
and the blade cut right through Odovacar's torso from shoulder to hip. Theodoric
is said to have remarked "in truth the man has no bones!"
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