Okay, for those of you who are interested, here is some more information on ancient peoples who may be related to the Lost Tribes of Israel.
"Scythia , ancient region of Eurasia, extending from the Danube on the west to the borders of China on the east. The Scythians. flourished from the
8th to the 4th cent. B.C. They spoke an Indo-Iranian language but had no system of writing. They were nomadic conquerors and skilled horsemen. They
seem to be related to the Saka, another nomadic tribe that roamed the steppes of central Asia at about the same time".
KJV James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad
KJV Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian
, bond nor free: but Christ is
all, and in all.
Flavius Josephus records in his Antiquities of the Jews
Book I Chapter 6 Section 1:
"Magog founded those that from him were named Magogites, but who are by the Greeks called Scythians."
Because of this, many pastors and Bible 'scholars' teach that the Scythians are to be related primarily with Gog and Magog. However, the Greek
historian Herodotus records the names of many different Scythian tribes which roamed the southern steppes of modern day Russia. It is possible that
Josephus was somewhat confused on this issue, as he most likely never visited the Scythian homelands after all. This should also be considered in
light of Noah's blessing given to his son Shem.
KJV Genesis 9:26-27
26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD (Yahweh) God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem
; and Canaan shall be his servant.
KJV Genesis 10:2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
So, if Japheth is to "dwell in the tents of Shem", then it would make sense for Magog (Japhethites) to be dwelling among, or in close proximity to,
the Israelite Scythians (Shemites).
Also, a nomadic people called the Magyars invaded Europe in the 9th-10th centuries A.D. Magyar is etymologically related to Magog. The descendantss
of the Magyars live chiefly in modern-day Hungary, but also have minority populations in Romania (1,400,000), Slovakia (520,500), Serbia and
Montenegro (293,000), Ukraine (170,000), Croatia (16,500), the Czech Republic (14,600) and Slovenia (7,700).
Now, please look again at Colossians 3:11.
"Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian
, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all."
If Scythians were merely evil barbarians, why is "Barbarian" (which really only implies a non-Greek speaking people) the first type of people
mentioned right before them? If we follow the logical order of the verse, then Greek, uncircumcision, and Barbarian should be on one side, while Jew,
circumcision, and Scythian should be on the other.
I believe many Scythian tribes were actually Israelites who had migrated northward from the Middle East after the fall of the Assyrian empire..
4658 Σκυθης Skythes, n.pr.g. Scythian (name occurs only once in the New Testament) [From the Strong's Exhaustive
The name has two possible derivations. One possibility is that it comes from the Hebrew word Sukka/Sukkot:
5521 סכה sukkah, n.f. tabernacle, shrine; booth, shelter, dwelling, tent:
5523 סכות sukkot, n.pr.loc. Succoth, "booths"
It is likely that many (but not all) of the 10 northern tribes of the Israelites were forced to remain nomadic by the Assyrians after being taken into
captivity around 715-722 B.C. and were thereby forced to dwell in tents, or sukkotim (plural form of sukkot).
KJV 2 Kings 18:9-12
9 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Shalmaneser king of
Assyria came up against Samaria, and besieged it.
10 And at the end of three years they took it: even in the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was
11 And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the
12 Because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and
would not hear them, nor do them.
Dating the earliest Scythians has been a problem since they did not develop their distinctive art style until the 6th century B.C. A. I.
Melyukova suggested that the early Scythians were descendants of tribes of the Srubnaya culture who, between the middle of the 2nd millenium B.C. and
the end of the 7th century B.C., moved in several waves from the Volga-Ural steppes into the north Black Sea area and assimilated the local
Cimmerians. In history, the Scythians was first recorded in the 7th century B.C. as Assyria's ally against the Cimmerians, who had lost their
homeland to the Scythians and moved south. The Scythian king, Partatua married an Assyrian princess in 674 B.C. and two nations remained allies.
Scythians and Assyrians together conquered the Medes of the Caspian Sea; however the Medes was able to drive the Scythians out of western Asia and
back to the Pontic Steppes by the turn of the century.
One of the principal extent sources for Scythian history The Histories
by Herodotus, Book Four. They are also briefly mentioned here and
there throughout The Histories
. Here are a few samples of interesting and relevant quotes from Herodotus:
"The Scythians, however, though in other respects I do not admire them, have managed one thing, and that the most important in human affairs, better
than anyone else on the face of the earth: I mean their own preservation". (Book IV, 46, pgs. 230-231 in my Penguin Classics version - Penguin
Books. London, England. 1996. John Marincolas' revised edition from Aubrey de Selincourt's 1954 translation.)
"They never use pigs for sacrifice and will not even breed them anywhere in the country". (Book IV, 63, pg. 235)
"After a burial, the Scythians go through a process of cleaning themselves;" (Book IV, 73, pg. 238)
"Like the Egyptian, the Scythians are dead-set against foreign ways, especially against Greek ways". (Book IV, 76. pg. 239)
"These two stories will show the importance which the Scythians attach to their national traditions, and the severity of the punishments they inflict
upon anyone who introduces alien customs". (Book IV, 80, pg. 241)
Clues From Scythian Art
It may seem strange that an art from the Near East could have traveled so far inland and appeared (as in Luristan ) with no apparent signs of
early development (5) in more than one place at about the same time. But a significant point to remember is that both Urartu and Luristan (Media) were
at that time within the Assyrian administration. The timing of the appearance of Scythian art coincides with the invasions of the Assyrians into
Syria, Phoenicia and the northern kingdom of Israel. Not only were luxury articles carried away as a result of these invasions, craftsmen were
deported and put to work in the various Assyrian areas of control. Evidence of this is seen in the flowering of what is called Neo-Assyrian art, the
last phase of Assyrian art which is said to have started in the reign of Tiglathpilesar. Another term given by art historians for this new Assyrian
style is "Phoenician".(6) It is worth considering that Scythian art (which by its character could carry the name "Phoenician" even more easily)
may be evidence not just of the influence of deported craftsmen but of actual population groups deported from the areas of invasion (as was the
Assyrian habit when conquering a territory) These groups may have been more than one people of different ethnic origins from the Near East but who had
similar or at times indistinguishable art styles.
THE "LOST" TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL ... FOUND! by Steven M. Collins
The typical reader will find Collins' belief that the Northern Europeans and Anglo Saxon countries are descendants of the Lost 10 Tribes of Israel a
bit of a jolt but no matter your secular or religious beliefs this book it worth its weight in gold for its juicy tidbits of history that are usually
ignored by conventional historians. Collins links the Saka and the Scythians with the Israelites and the Anglo Saxons and does a very astute job of
it. He also writes a revealing chapter on the migrations of the Goths and their relationship to the Parthian empire (which by the way showed some
tendancy to use animal style art also).
Those interested in pre- Columbian Old World contacts with America will find his book a further revelation as he relates Barry Fell's discoveries of
a Celtic presence in New England to Israelite exploration and trade in conjunction with the Phoenicians.
This book is worth its price just for the bibliography.
(Available from Amazon.com)
The Ten Tribes are also mentioned in the Apocrypha:
KJV 2 Esdras (Ezra) 13:37-50
 And this my Son shall rebuke the wicked inventions of those nations, which for their wicked life are fallen into the tempest;
 And shall lay before them their evil thoughts, and the torments wherewith they shall begin to be tormented, which are like unto a flame: and he
shall destroy them without labour by the law which is like unto me.
 And whereas thou sawest that he gathered another peaceable multitude unto him;
 Those are the ten tribes, which were carried away prisoners out of their own land in the time of Osea the king, whom Salmanasar the king of
Assyria led away captive, and he carried them over the waters, and so came they into another land.
 But they took this counsel among
themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never mankind dwelt,
 That they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land.
 And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow places of the river.
 For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held still the flood, till they were passed over.
 For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a year and a half: and the same region is called Arsareth.
 Then dwelt they there until the latter time; and now when they shall begin to come,
 The Highest shall stay the springs of the stream again, that they may go through: therefore sawest thou the multitude with peace.
 But those that be left behind of thy people are they that are found within my borders.
 Now when he destroyeth the multitude of the nations that are gathered together, he shall defend his people that remain.
 And then shall he shew them great wonders.
The other possible derivation of Scythian is from Isaac. Itzhak - Sakka - Sacae (a people referred to in Herodotus) - Scythes?
Others also point out this likely connection: Itzhak - Sakka - Sacae - Sak's Son - Saxon.
[edit on 23-6-2004 by Ischyros]