Identifying Israelite Tribes within America
The Ten Tribes separated from Judah.
They were exiled and they got lost.
Biblical, Rabbinical, Historical, and other proofs trace them to areas of Western Europe.
From there they colonized other places such as Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, part of South Africa.
The main Israelite nation today is the USA. We associate the USA with the Tribes of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh.
Manasseh especially helped determine the national character.
The USA plays a specially role today as it is the leading Israelite Nation.
Apart from belonging to Joseph, especially Manasseh, the USA ALSO REPRESENTS all of the Israelite Tribes.
There were 13 original American colonies and 13 Israelite Tribes though a quorum of 12 is kept in the Bible by either counting Ephraim and Manasseh as the one Tribe of Joseph, or by not including Levi.
The USA came into being when the 13 original colonies fought the American War of Independence against England.
The 13 original colonies grew into the 50 States of the USA we have nowadays.
Each of these 13 colonies represents one of the Israelite Tribes.
The 37 remaining states (13 plus 37 = 50) are also linked to individual Israelite Tribes.
Each of the 37 state in some way or other links back to one of the original 13 states and each of the 13 connect to an Israelite Tribe.
Just prior to declaring independence, the Thirteen Colonies in their traditional groupings were:
New England (New Hampshire; Massachusetts; Rhode Island; Connecticut).
Middle (New York; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Delaware).
Southern (Maryland; Virginia; North Carolina; South Carolina; and Georgia).
These are the 13 States with their corresponding Tribes:
New Hampshire - Reuben
Massachusetts - Manasseh
Rhode Island - Asher
Connecticut - Naphtali
New York - Judah (previously listed as Benjamin).
New Jersey - Benjamin (previously listed as Judah].
Pennsylvania - Gad
Delaware - Dan
Maryland - Levi
Virginia - Ephraim
North Carolina - Issachar
South Carolina - Simeon
Georgia - Zebulon
This work is still in its preliminary stage. It entails a good deal of speculation and changes will probably have to made later.
Nevertheless even as it now is there is certain rationality behind it serving to confirm the overall direction.
There follows a comparison of the Israelite Tribes in the Land of Israel and their relative locations to each other with our findings concerning the USA.
After that we will go through each of the 13 Tribes discussing VERY BRIEFLY how we identified each one with a specific Israelite Tribe.
First let us see how Israeltie Tribes in Europe parallel those in Ancient Israel. In Ancient Israel the Tribe of Asher was in the northwest. We find Asher in Ireland in the northwest of Europe. We also find Dan in Ireland (The People of Dana, Descendants of Don, and the Danes) and also in the north in Denmark. So too in Ancient Israel we see contingents from Dan in both the west and the North. Naftali and Gad are in the same realtive positions. So too with the other Tribes.
In the USA in the 13 original colonies we find similar configurations as in Ancient Israel. It is however less clear hear sicne the configurations overlap to some degree. We find Simeon in the South (South Carolina). Georgia was named after King George of England. The name "George" means "farmer." Zebulon was named after a "Bait Zebul" or "fertile field." The connotations are similar. Zebulon and Issachar were adjacent in Ancient Israel, in the USA they adjoin each other in the form of Georgia (Zebulon) and Noth Cariolina (Issachar). In Ancient Israel Judah and Benjamin were together. Later most of Levi moved to Judah. In America we find New Jersey (Judah or Benjamn), New York (Benjamin or Judah), and Maryland (Levi) close by each other. So too, with the other Tribes. The relative positions are not exactly the same but in most cases they are fairly close.
Even the attributes of the different Tribes, in some cases, are similar to those of their corresponding American States.
Delaware for instance we equate with the Israelite Tribe of Dan. The name "DAN" in Hebrew connotes "Judgement." The Talmud (Pesachim 4;a) describes a certain person who was always wanting to go to take others to court over some thing or other. He was descended from Dan and through his penchant for litigation he gave expression to his anccestry. Delaware has about a million inhabitants. Only 70% of them are White American. A good portion of the income of Delaware may be traced in some way or other to a preoccupation with legal matters! Delaware allows corporations from other states to register with it. 60% of the companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange are incorporated in Delaware. This provides an income to numerous lawyers, and legal courts, and everything about them, secretaries, assistants, clerks, computer people, maintenance, transport, services, etc. The legal infrastructure and its offshoots also facilitate the functioning of government agencies, insurance companies, financial services, and much else. The modest community taxes paid by all these keeps the State going. In some way or other a good portion of the Income of Delaware may be ultimately traced to courts, litigation, and judgmental processes. This is an aspect of Dan.
Books we found of value in this study include:
DAVID HACKETT FISCHER, Albion’s Seed. Four British Folkways in America, USA, 1989, 946 pages, Oxford University Press. (Sent to us by Clifford Smythe of Belfast).
Colin WOODARD, "American Nations. A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America," USA, 2011, Penguin Books.