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

The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History

byZvi Ben-Dor Benite

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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, ZviBen-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 moments - from the formation of the first 'world' empires to the age of discovery, and from thespread 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 ofgeographical knowledge.

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Zvi Ben-Dor Benite is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He is the author of The Dao of Muhammad: A Cultural History of Muslims in Late Imperial China.
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Title:The Ten Lost Tribes: A World HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 25, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199324530

ISBN - 13:9780199324538

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A Note on TransliterationsIntroduction: Ten Lost Tribes and Their Places1. Assyrian Tributes2. An Enclosed Nation in Arzareth and Sambatyon3. Tricksters and Travels4. ''A Mighty Multitude of Israelites''5. Concordia Mundi6. Hopes of IsraelConclusion: To Find the Ten Lost TribesNotesBibliographyIndex