1. Letter from Puerto Rico
2. Note on HWA and Zionism
3. The Completeness of the Assyrian Exile
1. Letter from Puerto Rico
From: Rafael Andrés Escribano
Greetings, Mr. Davidiy.
I am thoroughly enjoying my first reading of "The Tribes". Thank you for your research and for making your writings available online. I am in the middle of some research on the history of cannabis in Puerto Rico, which keeps taking me back to the Scythians as spreaders of cannabis and cannabis use throughout Europe and Asia, at least according to Herodotus.
The way you connect the Hebrew tribes with the Scythians and Goths (as well as their connection with America) is the most clear and complete I have read so far. Here in Puerto Rico, the Stone Library of Agueybana, the chief of local Indian chiefs at Columbus' arrival, was written in a script which has been identified as Hebrew-Chaldean by local researchers and as Hebrew-Cypriot (from Cyprus) by the American Epigraphic Society...
Be well, Rafael
Dr. Rafael Andrés Escribano
2. Note on HWA and Zionism
Subject: Re: "Brit-Am Now"-529
In reply to Joan Griffin remarks about Herbert W. Armstrong being a Pro-
Zionist. I would say yes he was. Anyone that investigates who the descendants of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ad believes it would certainly have to be one. The one
short coming of Herbert W. Armstrong was he only touched the tip of the
iceberg. The iceberg being that replacement theology doctrine by the so-called
"Christian" Sunday keeping churches. He HWA didn't get into all the many books
and teachings of British - Israel to make sure that the members of the WCG had a
stronger foundation so that it would not be replaced by a anti- Israel
replacement type of leadership...
But thanks to the many Christians that have shared their works with Yair
Davidiy, we have a much stronger foundation to remind present day Israel just who
they are! Our non- Christian Jewish friends and researchers seem to have the
gift of putting things in their right perspectives on most issues about the
Lost Tribes of Israel. Keep up the good work(or is it God's work) Yair.
..I have been referring to your
books as often as I can.
May many blessings come to you from the God of Israel,
3. The Completeness of the Assyrian Exile
It has been claimed that Assyrian Inscriptions prove that only a relatively small
number of people were actually exiled from Northern Israel.
The Assyrian inscriptions have been misquoted, as explained below.
See our extracts from "The Tribes" on the web.
The Bible says that ALL the northern Israelites were exiled.
[2-Kings 17:18] THEREFORE THE LORD WAS VERY ANGRY WITH ISRAEL,
AND REMOVED THEM OUT OF HIS SIGHT: THERE WAS NONE LEFT BUT THE TRIBE OF JUDAH ONLY
The Assyrians also said that they were ALL the Northern Tribes taken and in one example 22,000 (plus)
of them set aside for the personal use of the king (army?) and NOT THAT the total number of exiles
was only about 22,000.
Archaeology shows a TOTAL GAP in occupation between the time of Assyrian Exile
and the period after. Only the remains of burnt out destroyed cities remain from the Israelite
Period AFTER the Assyrian Exile.
The Exile of Israel
(Adapted from "Lost Israelite Identity" chapter one).
The Exile of Israel: Adapted from "Lost Israelite Identity" chapter one.
The Hebrews' enjoyment of their patrimony was to be curtailed due to war with Assyria. The lands of Israel were to be conquered and all of the people exiled. The Tribes east of the Jordan were among the first to be taken away.
"And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria and the spirit of Tiglath pileser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Menasseh , and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.
"PUL" may well have been another name for Tiglathpileser as well as that of another monarch who preceded him which monarch ALSO had been responsible for an earlier exile of Israelites.
“In the days of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser came and took Ijon, Abel Beth Maachah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, and Galilee all the land of Nephtali; and he carried them captive to Assyria” (2-Kings 15;29). How many Israelites were exiled has been debated but the fact is that they all went, the northern Israelite Kingdom along with its inhabitant disappeared from the Israelite area.
The exile of all Israel from the northern Galilee is recorded in an inscription of Tiglathpileser who boasts of exiling all of "Bit Khumria" except for a small remnant which he left around the city of Samaria6 which city was then the capital and had been built by King Omri (Ikeda pp.270). "Bit Khumria" was the name which the Assyrians gave to northern Israel presumably in remembrance of King Omri (CAH 3 p.7). The Assyrian ruler Tiglathpileser (745-727) was followed by Shalmaneser (727-722) and he by Sargon (722-705) and then came Senacherib ( 705-681). All of these kings participated in the exile and resettlement of Israelites. After the eastern Tribes and the northern ones had all been exiled, there remained only a rump state centred around the city of Samaria in the south and these too were to be exiled.
"Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. "In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah, and in Habor, by the city of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes" (2-Kings 17:7-8).
"And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel, unto Assyria, and put them in Halah, and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
"Because they obeyed not the voice of The LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of The LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them" (2-Kings 18:11-12).
An Assyrian inscription recalls the taking of Samaria and the exile of its inhabitants. This inscription says that the king of Assyria took to himself more than 27,000 people and the rest he removed to Assyria. The inscription may be understood to mean NOT (as is commonly claimed) that Sargon took only 27,000 plus people from Samaria into captivity BUT rather that Sargon took ca. 27,000 people for his own (military) purposes and the remainder of the people he settled in Assyria.
. Dalley p.35
"I counted as spoil [2)7,280 people..and the rest of them I resettled in Assyria".
On the basis of this inscription it is sometimes claimed (even in Encyclopedias!!) that not many more than 27,000 were ever actually exiled!!! This claim belies the facts: The inscription applies only to remnants of city of Samaria after a siege of several years whereas other Assyrian inscriptions mention the exile of all Israelite inhabitants from other areas of the country. The inscription itself appears most readily understandable as saying that the 27,000 plus were taken by the king for his own personal or military needs and all of the remainder were packed off maybe even without bothering to count them
The inscription is also rendered as;
"I took as booty 27,290 people who lived there. I formed a unit of 50 chariotry from them .."
Another version says 200 chariotry instead of 50, and adds, "and I settled the rest in Assyria."
STEPHANIE DALLEY, “Foreign Chariotry and Cavalry in the armies of Tiglathpileser-iii and Sargon-ii”, Iraq, vol.xlvii, 1985, London, p.36 renders the Nimrud prism account of Sargon thusly:
"The Samarians who had [conspired] against the king [my predecessor] not to endure servitude nor to bring tribute, became angry and did battle. With the army of the great gods my lords I fought against them. I counted as spoil [x+]7,280 people including [their] chariotry and the gods their help. I formed a unit of 200 chariots from them as part of my royal army, and I resettled the rest of them in Assyria. I repopulated Samaria more than before, and put into it people from the countries which I had conquered".
Other renditions of this inscription (such as that of H.Tadmor) similarly show that it is possible to read the inscription as saying that Sargon took for his own purposes more than 27,000 captives and the rest of them (i.e. all those that remained apart from the 27,000) he transported to Assyria. Sargon (722-705) mentions above his taking 50 (or 200 in another version) charioteers from Samaria.
D.D. LUCKENBILL, "Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylon," U.S.A. 1968, p.26
The people of Samaria were besieged and exiled after all the rest of their brethren had already been taken away en masse.
Following the exile of Samaria, the Bible says that, "there was none left but the tribe of Judah only" (2-Kings 17:18). The Talmud (Jer.San. ch.10 h.6) and Midrashim (Exodus Rabah 30;5, Leviticus Rabah 5;3) also speak of the Lost Ten Tribes having all been exiled. One late Midrash (Yalkut Shimeoni on Amos) suggests that one in eight remained but the exact meaning of this source is uncertain. Here and there, there do exist hints that a small percentage of the northern tribes remained and became assimilated amongst the Jews of Judah. Archaeologists have discovered a neighbourhood in Jerusalem which apparently was settled by refugees from northern Israel (B.Mazar quoted by Jerusalem Post 29.8.86 Dr.M.Broshi in BAR, 1975, vol.i, no.3, p.22ff.).
Nevertheless, SINCE NOTHING REALLY SIGNIFICANT REMAINED OF THEM THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY MUST HAVE GONE INTO EXILE AS THE BIBLE SAYS THEY DID!!
Archaeological excavations also prove the completeness of deportation. For the period after the Assyrian conquest of Israel there is a gap in archaeological finds everywhere with accompanying traces of burning and destruction. For some time afterwards there is no real new settlement and when organized habitation does begin it is small and impoverished, at least at first and nowhere can it be ascribed to the previous Israelite dwellers.
In addition to the exile of the Northern Israelites, Sennacherib boasted of having conquered cities in Judah and deported more than 200,000 people. This event is spoken of in Midrashim (Midrash Seder Olam) and other sources of Jewish tradition even though it is merely hinted at in the Bible:
"Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah and took them" (2-Kings 18:13).
The Prophet Isaiah had predicted that after all the Assyrian Exilations of northern Israel and Judah were completed only one in ten of the original population would remain and these apparently would be those in Judah who would later endure an additional exile of their own:
"If there yet remain a tenth in it, it also shall be consumed" (Isaiah 6:13).
The Jews who remained in Judah were destined to be exiled to Babylon and from there to return under the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah. The Jews of Judah who had been exiled to Babylon did however retain consciousness of their national identity whereas the others ultimately did not. Those Jews who had been taken into exile previously by Sennacherib remained unheard of. "Therefore The LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them (2 Kings 17:18).....
"Until The LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day" (2-Kings 17:3).....
How Many Were Taken?
RAYMOND F. McNAIR, "America And Britain In Prophecy", 1996, USA, p.18:
Were Millions Just Assimilated?....Professor Salo Baron, acclaimed by the London Daily Express as the worlds greatest authority on Jewish history, says that, prior to Israel's Assyrian captivity, there were not less than four hundred settlements classified as towns (Social and Religious History of the Jews, vol.1, p.72.) Interestingly, Tiglath-pileser boasts that he destroyed at this time five hundred and ninety-one cities[!], whose inhabitants were carried away with all their possessions to Assyria (Tiglath-pileser, Ungers Bible Dictionary, p.1,094). We must remember that those 600 cities were all located in the northern part of the Northern Kingdom and in the region across the Jordan- away from the main concentration of the northern tribes! Thus, Israel, in the eighth century B.C. was an extremely populous nation!
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