ISRAEL’S TRIBES TODAY by Steven Collins
Wow. Where to start with this one? This book teaches a variant of “British Israelism,” the belief that the descendants of the so-called “Ten Lost Tribes” of ancient Israel eventually migrated to northern Europe and formed the modern nations we find there today. Well, as usual when I am this ambivalent and lukewarm about a book, I’ll go ahead and use my handy-dandy “spaghetti-western” book review format:
The author actually seems quite compelling and reasonable so long as he is seeking to connect the ancient Parthians and Scythians to Hebrew origins. Just about all of the connections he makes in the entire book are linguistic ones, and he has a bit of a tendency to jump to conclusions throughout, often playing fast and loose between conjecture and fact; notwithstanding, the connections he strings together here are actually rather intriguing. The dates he gives for historical events, the linguistic similarities–it’s one of those things that we’ll never know the answer to, not without having to speculate about a lot of it–nevertheless, it does seem at least credible that the Parthians and Scythians could have been of Hebraic origin, and then yes, they could very well have migrated and melded to become the various Germanic tribes which did in fact begin to sweep all over Europe, roughly speaking, right after the fall of the Parthian Empire.
In the second half or so of the book when the author tries to make a connection between (you guessed it) the British and Americans with the ancient Ephraimites and Manassehites, respectively, the connections are laughably forced, with the author having to resort to an egregiously pollyanna-like interpretation of the histories of Britain and the United States. What he writes about Britain and the United States in order to shoe-horn them into the identities of Ephraim and Manasseh is shamelessly puerile and selective. I’ll give but one example which sets the tone: He writes that, in the original dispensation of land to the original Hebrew tribes, God gave Ephraim only a small portion of the land, and Manasseh a greater portion, and so, over time, Ephraim developed a yen for sending out pioneers and establishing Ephraimite colonies around the Mediterranean, whereas Manasseh became a more insular, isolationist people, satisfied as long as they had a lot of “elbow room” in their own homeland; the author then fancifully writes how Britain has always been a small country, but they sent explorers around and built up colonies around the world, whereas the United States, with its vaster homeland, was more isolationist and did not seek to build up a colonial empire like Britain had. This is what I mean by “pollyanna” and “puerile” when I describe this author’s selective interpretation of modern history: Funny how he conveniently forgets that the U.S. has more military bases in more countries around the world than any nation ever before in history, and that the U.S. DID and DOES attack other nations and make basically economic colonies if not outright states out of them: Ever hear of the Phillipines? Puerto Rico? Hawaii? Haiti? Nicaragua? Panama? Iraq? Afghanistan?
And as with so many other authors trying to chronicle historical events, the crucial, suppressed history this author is missing is that the U.S. is still a British colony anyway. So whatever the U.S. does is necessarily and ultimately for the greater gain of the Crown of Britain.
Also bad is the fact that this author believes in the bogus official version of the 9/11 “terrorist” attacks. He alludes to it a time or two in praise of those “American Manassehites” who are just making the world safer by “fighting terrorism” and whose mega-corporate plutocratic chieftains don’t really have any vested interest in arms and munition sales, Big Oil profits, and opium smuggling. No, no, no, of course not.
As the writer is of course a caucasian American, this is vain, self-serving, “cowboys-and-indians” history. Another sad result of this view is that author must of necessity teach and believe that the royal line of Britain is God’s gift to humanity or something. Nevermind the fact that various members of that maniacally eugenical royal family are on record as pining for 95% of us regular folk to be killed off the face of the Earth via some great plague or famine.
The author proceeds to guesstimate at the identify of the other northern European nations, trying to guess which ancient Hebrew Tribe founded which modern European nation, and these segments are almost as campy as the Britain/America = Ephraim/Manasseh bit.
Here in this second half or so of the book the author starts to mix in sweeping, childlike generalities about the peoples of the various European nations of today, some of them beyond fanciful and approaching farcical (as when he writes about the “scriptural” origin and nature of those tempting, tawdry “Swedish blonde” women–oh, brother–quick! somebody hose this guy down) and he tries to fasten these national stereotypes onto what very little the Scriptures tell us of the personalities of the various sons of Jacob in the Book of Genesis–as though a particular personality quirk of one ancient ancestral man is of course going to permeate and dominate the personalities of most if not all of his multitudes and multitudes of offspring down through the millenia, right? I mean, that’s just a given, right? An established scientific empirical fact? Sure, I thought everybody knew that one!
I should add that I am genuinely confused when this author claims that descendants of Israel’s King Zedekiah survived and have reigned in other, more northwesterly lands down through the ages–did not God place an irrevocable blood curse of NON-rulership on that family line in Jeremiah 22??
It would seem that some people just have a natural proclivity towards racism, benign (like I think this author evinces) or otherwise. At one point in his narrative, after attributing scores upon scores of self-serving blessings from God upon the northern European races, and going on and on about all the advantages therefore that being northern European can get you, then, in one or two perfunctory sentences midway through the book he throws out a token bone to all the other “non-Hebrew” races of mankind, stating desultorily that there is no one race of people that is any better than any other in the eyes of our Creator. Then he resumes his eisegetical glorification of all things northern European. And again, oh by the way, his ancestors just happened to be northern Europeans, lucky him.
1 Timothy 1:4 tells us not to get too distracted with endless geneologies, not to get too carried away with exactly this sort of study, fanciful or otherwise. As this book is just one part of a five-part series, I’d say this author has let himself get carried away
Rating: Δ Δ