Book review: Steve Collins' wrap-up worth the read
By Mac Overton
GILMER, Texas--The long-awaited fourth and final volume in Steven Collins' research into the locations of the so-called lost 10 tribes of Israel came off the press in August. (Israel's Tribes Today, the fourth book of a series on the lost tribes, by Mr.. Collins, of Sioux Falls, S.D., 296 pages, is published by Bible Blessings, Royal Oak, Mich.)
Mr. Collins' book ties up loose ends from his first three volumes (The Origins and Empire of Ancient Israel, Israel's Lost Empires and Parthia: The Forgotten Ancient Superpower and Its Role in Biblical History), as well as presenting new evidence of the present identities of the 10 tribes and their locations today.
The four volumes are expansions of Mr. Collins' original book, The "Lost" Ten Tribes of Israel . . . Found!
He writes in a highly readable and entertaining style, rare for a history book and even rarer for a book dealing with a complicated biblical subject.
Mr. Collins provides elaborate footnotes and a bibliography to bolster his contentions.
In general, his identities of the tribes today match those of the old Worldwide Church of God.
However, he identifies Gad as western Germany (rather than Switzerland) and Asher as the white peoples of the old Republic of South Africa, rather than Belgium.
He also joins Yair Davidy in placing a great part of the tribe of Simeon, which was to be dispersed in Israel, among the "British Celts" (Scots).
Mr. Collins also maintains that some of the "Germanic" tribes that disappeared from the world scene, especially the Vandals (who he maintains were Israelites), made their way to North America.
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