Tribes of Israel

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Noun1.Tribes of Israel - twelve kin groups of ancient Israel each traditionally descended from one of the twelve sons of JacobTribes of Israel - twelve kin groups of ancient Israel each traditionally descended from one of the twelve sons of Jacob
kin group, kindred, kinship group, clan, kin, tribe - group of people related by blood or marriage
Lost Tribes - the ten Tribes of Israel that were deported into captivity in Assyria around 720 BC (leaving only the tribes of Judah and Benjamin)
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But he believed that the red men were the descendants of those lost tribes of Israel of whom history has been able to tell us nothing for thousands of years.
Those long-lost descendants of the ten tribes of Israel would now learn the history of their forefathers.
The reception of this person in the ball of Cedric the Saxon, was such as might have satisfied the most prejudiced enemy of the tribes of Israel.
King Solomon had just died and his son, Rehoboam, had succeeded him when the people from the 12 tribes of Israel sent a delegation to him, asking him to lessen repression.
Even the name Jordan means "descends from Dan," one of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Toward the end of the Book of Judges Is the story of an unnamed woman who dies after being raped by a group of Benjaminites--one of the 12 tribes of Israel.
It noted that Ethiopian Jews and the Bnei Menashe Indians -- who claim to be descended from one of the lost tribes of Israel -- have been able to immigrate to Israel in some capacity, though the Israeli Chief Rabbinate requires them to undergo conversions to Judaism upon arrival.
All accounts are presented with thick description (drawn from Jamaican patois and Amharic) of the conditions and mind-set of these mostly Rastafari from the Twelve Tribes of Israel, Ethiopian World Federation, Bobo Ashanti, and the Nyabinghi; the emphasis is clear that regular folk (men, women, and children)--some discriminated and dis-enfranchised--managed to cross international borders to actualize their visions of return.
Jews believe that they are the chosen people of God and that one day he would send a Messiah to reunite the ancient tribes of Israel, rebuild the Temple of Solomon and usher in a new, wondrous era known as the Messianic Age.
Created between 1640 and 1644, they are based on the Book of Genesis story in which Jacob, on his deathbed, called together his 12 sons, who would become the founders of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Beneath the sands of Iran lies a civilization lost millennia ago, rumored to have housed the lost tribes of Israel.
And after them, out of all the tribes of Israel, such as set their hearts to seek the LORD, the God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice unto the LORD, the God of their fathers.