Book Reviews by Roger M Norman

Mr. Steven M Collins has authored and published four books regarding the ten tribes of Israel, which many have thought to have been lost. I highly recommend the books, which are a vast expansion from his original book, The Ten Tribes of Israel – Found.

In book one, The Origins and Empire of Ancient Israel, Mr. Collins reviews the biblical origins of our forefathers and cites Pharaohs and Kings (A Biblical Quest), by David Rohl, 1995, for evidence that our forefathers were indeed in Egypt and departed under hasty conditions. He reviews the unconditional biblical blessings which were bestowed upon our forefathers and how (in book four) we can find the tribes today based upon these blessings He points out that our forefathers were departing and expanding from the promised land of Israel long before the captivities Part of the tribe of Dan was known as the “sea peoples,” even before the time of King Saul, and the Milesians are an interesting group whose sacred banner clearly ties them to the tribes of Israel. He shows that the “Phoenician” empire was actually headed and controlled by Israel as a result of the defeat of the then world superpower, Assyria, by King David and his general, Joab. He cites the Encyclopedia Americana for evidence that the name “Phoenicians” was given by the Greeks to the inhabitants of the coastal region of present day Lebanon, the adjacent shores of Israel, and Syria in the first millennium B C He also cites Dr. Cyrus Gordan who in turn cites the Greek historian Herodotus, “The Phoenicians lived of old, so they say, about the Red Sea, that they came out of there and settled in that part of Syria that is next to the Mediterranean sea. That piece of Syria, in ail as far as Egypt, is called ‘Palestine ‘” Dr. Barry Fell of Harvard University, now deceased, agrees that they “came from the Red Sea.” Who does this sound like? Mr. Collins also reviews the origin and activities of the Tautha de Danaans (the tribe of Dan) in Ireland, the Celts, and Iberians -and their Israelite roots Mr. Collins then presents interesting evidence of global travel, enterprise, and colonization by the Israelites, one such evidence being now depleted copper mines in the Great Lakes area of North America which were depleted about 1000 B.C., during the reigns of King Solomon and King David. He discusses “Mystery Hill” in southern New Hampshire and the Los Lunas, New Mexico “Decalogue Stone,” which contains an abbreviation of the Ten Commandments, I have personally visited both of these places, have photographs, and “am convinced.”

In book two, Israel’s lost Empires, Mr. Collins discusses the history of Carthage and its Israelite/Hebrew roots. He presents evidence that the Carthaginians sailed to vast parts of the world, including England and North America! Book two also reviews the Scythians and evidence pointing to the fact that they were Israelites, some of whom were evidently taken captive, later to escape, and some of whom voluntarily fled the Promised Land before the captivity migrating to the Black Sea region. He cites the Greek story of Xenophon, which mentions the Scythians and how they had suffered severely at the hands of the Assyrians. He cites Abraham Ortellius, a 16th century geographer, as quoted by Colonel J. C. Gawlar, a British government official during Queen Victoria’s reign, to the effect that “the kingdom of Arsareth (the Black Sea area) were the ten tribes.” He also gives evidence from the book of II Esdras, and the Jewish historian Eldad who sent memoirs to Spanish Jews regarding the ten tribes stating, “Many of the people did not go into captivity but evaded the calamity, going off with their flocks and turning nomads.” In fact, the Scythians were even known for their wise laws and the avoidance of swine’s flesh And, regarding these Scythians, who were not “lily white”, our Bibles appear to have a contradiction between H Kings 17:18 and II Chronicles 35:17-18, but Mr. Collins does an excellent job of clarifying this in discussing the Scythian conquest of the Assyrian empire, including the promised land which was then governed by King Josiah of Judah,

Book three is Parthia ~ the forgotten ancient superpower and its role in biblical history Mr. Collins discusses the Hebrew/Israelite traits of the Parthians, such as language and customs, their common traits witii the Scythians, and how they defeated Rome time and again in major battles. Their coins were inscribed with the title, “MLK,” the Hebrew word for king, and Josephus wrote his Wars of the Jews in his native Semitic tongue so the peoples of Parthia could read his writings. Josephus, writing in the first century A.D., declares that the ten tribes – who had supposedly “disappeared” eight hundred years earlier – were still in the area east of Euphrates River, in his day and vast in number. They were blessed to such extent they even developed electrical batteries, some of which had been in the Baghdad museum until the recent war. Question: Are they still there? Book three presents other “good stuff regarding the missing eighteen years of the life of Yahshua between ages 12 and 30, Pilate and the trial of Yahshua, the magi and their role in Parthian society, how they “frightened all of Jerusalem” with their visit looking for the Messiah, and how this visit possibly almost caused a war between Parthia and Rome, the world’s then two leading superpowers

Book four, Israel’s Tribes Today, picks up with the fall of Parthia in 226 AD , and their massive migration which carried diem into the areas then occupied by their relatives in Armenia, through the Caucasus Mountains, and into the Black Sea area where they became known as Goths, Saxons, Germans, Jutes, Normans, Alans, and other Teutonic names before moving into Europe He then presents his arguments and theories as to where the ten tribes are today among the various nations of the world He is not dogmatic and is open to other theories, but I think he is certainly right on point for at least six of the ten tribes. Mr. Collins is quick to point out that our Israelite roots do not give us “a comer on the market” or special privileges that free us from responsibilities.. On die contrary, Yahweh is not willing that any should perish, and now, through Yahshua, mankind can ail have access to His eternal kingdom.
I have developed presentations reviewing his books and other information regarding our Israelite/Hebrew roots, which I am happy to give to your assembly, church or group. Again, I highly recommend me four books which can be ordered through
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