As readers of my books know, the ten tribes of Israel, after they were exiled or migrated into Asia, founded very large empires of their own. One of these was the Scythian Empire, which was a confederation of allied tribes instead of a federated empire such as the Parthians–who were related tribes to the Scythians. The Parthians and Scythians both fulfilled the prophecy of Hosea 1:10 that the exiled Israelites would not only not be forsaken by God but that God was going to bless them with exceedingly large population growth after they were relocated into Asia. Some mistakenly think that God allowed the exiled ten tribes to die out, but that is exactly the opposite fate foretold in the Bible for them.
The Israelites were descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (later re-named Israel). While Abraham’s descendants were prophesied to become many nations (Genesis 17:5), two Israelite tribes–Ephraim and Manasseh–were the “birthright” tribes who were to inherit the lion’s share of the vast blessings promised to Abraham’s offspring. One prophesied “marker” that would perennially identify the birthright seed of Abraham would be that Isaac’s name would be attached to them (Genesis 21:12). This “marker”‘ was specifically attached to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh by Jacob/Israel before he died (Genesis 48:16). The name of Isaac has been found in history as the Sacae, the Saka, the Saxons, etc., depending on whether their name was found in Greek, Persian or Roman historical accounts. The Israelites living in the Asian steppes north of the Parthian Empire have long been called “Scythians.” The Scythians spread from Eastern Europe in the Black Sea region to as far eastward as Western China in their expansionist phase. The Greeks called the Scythians in the Black Sea region “Sacae,” but the Romans later called them Goths.
The first link reports that another treasure trove of Scythian wealth has been found in Russia. This Scythian trove, like previous ones, exhibits the exquisite gold metalworking artistry that marked the Scythian civilization, and the self-depictions of the Scythians on their artifacts reveals them to be bearded, Semitic-looking people, which one would expect of displaced Israelites living in Asia. The link includes two embedded links with related stories about Scythian treasures that have also been recently discovered, but I’ve included them as the second and third links. The second link describes the grave goods of a Scythian/Saka princess which also included ornate gold artifacts, and the third link details the finding of a Scythian treasure trove in Poland.
The Scythians were a powerful grouping of related tribes. They sometimes helped their Parthian relatives fight the Roman Empire in various wars and they also twice crushed Persian armies in Persian-Scythian wars. They also were a part of the alliance that destroyed the Assyrian Empire. Their history is a most interesting one, and it is largely censored out of modern history textbooks. This has happened in spite of the fact that the ancient Greek historians wrote a great deal about them. It is my view that the history of the Scythian empire (like that of the Phoenician/Israelite, Carthaginian and Parthian Empires) has been largely removed or downplayed in modern history texts because if their histories, names and cultures were examined in any detail, their Israelite origins would be impossible to conceal.
A very in-depth history of the Scythians/Sacae/Saka Israelites can be found in my printed book, Israel’s Lost Empires and my E-book, The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel…Found!