Continued from The Tribes Overview-1.
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Part Two. Identification of the Tribes.
We trace Israelite elements to the west and in many cases are able to identify which Israelite Tribes they belonged to. Reuben became part of the Galatian Gauls and the Ribuari Franks of France. Gad gave rise to the original Goths and peoples who settled mainly in Scandinavia, especially Sweden, as well as having offshoots in France and other places. Archaeological findings prove that Bronze Age Scandinavia was settled by elements from the region of Ancient Israel and the Middle East. Naphtali became known as the Nephtalite Huns and moved to Norway. BEFORE THIS, other segments from Naphtali had already reached Scandinavia as well as being found in Ireland. Dan was identifiable with the Danes of Denmark though contingents from Dan were located in the British Isles, in Wales, and in Ireland. Judah became the present-day Jews. Prophecies concerning Judah fit the Jews of today. Many physical descendants of Judah were also to be found among the Ten Tribes. Simeon and Levi were scattered but we find recognizable contingents from them among the other Tribes. The Tribal Expression of Levi however is to be found mainly with Judah, i.e. as part of the Jews. Benjamin as well as being amongst the Jews is also recognizable in the Belgae of Belgium and the Normans who conquered England in 1066. The Tribe of Asher became the Vandals as well as Celtic groups that settled in Scandinavia, Scotland, and Ireland. Issachar moved to Switzerland and Finland. Zebulon is located among the Dutch of the Netherlands.
These Tribal identifications are based on historical sources, the names of ethnic groups, national characteristics, and Biblical parallels. All of the nations under consideration had one particular Tribe of its own dominant over it. In addition to that each entity also absorbed offshoots from the others.
Part Three: Joseph, Proofs and Conclusions.
Rabbinical Commentaries concerning Joseph and the Ten Tribes are reflected in present-day reality. The Blessings to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob culminated in a doubled and multiplied blessing to Joseph. Joseph was divided into the Tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. Groups that in history may be identified as pertaining to Joseph moved mainly to the British Isles. From there they colonized North America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Concerning the rest of Europe, we may determine a distinction based on geographical provenance and social class between migrants to the USA and those who remained behind. This (along with other evidence) helps us identify the USA as the Tribe of Manasseh. Britain and her daughters are Ephraim.