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The Ten Lost TribesA World History$
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Zvi Ben-Dor Benite

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307337

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307337.001.0001

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The Ten Lost Tribes

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This chapter discusses the search for the ten tribes in the Americas. It shows how the possibility to find the tribes in the Americas was “there” even before the discovery of the Americas ” through telling the story of Canary Island’s discovery several decades before. It also shows how the Ten Tribes were “removed” by European cartographers from their “original” locations in Ethiopia and Central Asia and placed in northeastern Siberia. From there they crossed the water barriers to the Americas. The chapter also discusses how the reformation affected Christian thinking about the ten tribes and heightened the debates about them among Christian thinkers, such as Sebastian Munster, John Calvin, and others. The chapter also discusses how the ten tribes became central in Spanish thinking after the conquest of America. Finally, the chapter shows how the story of the ten tribes became briefly fused with the myth of Atlantis and the history of the Scythians.

Keywords:   Spanish Empire, Christopher Columbus, discovery of America, Reformation, South America, Peru, John Calvin, William Postel, Sebastian Munster, Amerindians, Diego Duran, Gregorio Garcia, Atlantis, Abraham Ortelius, Tartary, Scythians

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