December 21, 2008
Steve Collins
A short, but interesting news story was released in a Hungarian news source recently (see link). It documented that an ancient Scythian village and cemetery was unearthed in Hungary. It was a prosperous site based on the artifacts discovered so far. These artifacts include gold and silver items.
My books identify many Scythians as the relocated ten tribes of Israel. Many bore the name of “Isaac” upon them (i.e. “Sacae” or “Saka”), some Scythian tribes forbid keeping swine and making idols (well-known ancient Hebrew customs) and they appeared in southern Russia and southeast Europe just after the ten tribes went into exile. One of their kingdoms in the Caucasus Mountains (Iberia) bore the name of Eber, the namesake of the Hebrews.
The discovery of the Scythian village in central Europe further confirms that they had a presence in Europe so it was only natural that the Scythians migrated into Europe when they had to flee their Asian homelands when the Parthian Empire fell. The link notes that the Scythians were an “Iranian-speaking nomadic people.” Of course, in Scythian times, the territory of Iran was ruled for almost five centuries by the Parthians, who secular sources know were composed of tribes that were related to the Scythian tribes. The term “Iranian-speaking” Scythians could actually be translated “Parthian-speaking” Scythians as the Parthians and Scythians spoke the same language (which had considerable Semitic content). It says the Scythian tribes “dominated the present-day Middle-East.” Actually, the Scythians made one victorious foray into the Middle-East circa 620-610 BC during the reign of King Josiah of ancient Judah (the Bible refers to the Scythians as “Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, Naphtali” and “Israel that were present” in II Chronicles 34:6-9 and 35:17-18). It is easy to link the Scythians to the Israelite tribes mentioned as being back in the Promised Land in II Chronicles 34-35 because Greek historical accounts record “Scythians” were in the Promised Land at the same time the Bible refers to them by the tribal names of the ten tribes of Israel.
Although the Scythians briefly conquered the entire Mideast at one time and helped destroy the Assyrian Empire, the Middle-East was ruled mainly by the Parthians (Scythian kinsmen) from about 227 BC until 250 AD. It was then the Parthian empire was overthrown by the native Persians and the Parthian and Scythian tribes fled into Europe seeking new homelands. Their Scythian/Parthian names included the Gauthei, Germanii/Kermans, Sacae/Sacans and Jats. When they poured into Europe over several centuries, the Romans called them Goths, Germans, Saxons and Jutes. The story of this period of their migrations can be found in my book, Israel’s Tribes Today. That book has abundant documentation from secular history, and can be ordered via the book links at my website or at the publisher’s website: