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We have just been reading with much interest Mr. John Wilkinson’s new pamphlet, “ The Ten Tribes ; Where are they not I and where are they?” The purpose of this latest effort is, as the author states, “ not to answer anybody, but simply to set forth the plain teachings of the Word of God.” Starting on a sound Scripture basis, Mr. Wilkinson proves from the Word five points which seem fairly and unanswerably to show that the Anglo-Saxons arc not Israelites. A glance is then taken at the national history of Israel and after tracing the Ten Tribes, to Assyria, the writer says: —“ If, then, the Anglo-Saxons are not the Ten Tribes, who are ? and where are they ! We answer at once —the Nestorians in the mountains of Kurdistan, and by the Lake of Oroomiah, in Persia, as shown in a most interesting book written by the late Dr. Asahel Grant, for many years a self-denying and unsuccessful medical missionary, sent out by the American Board to that people in 1835. In his researches the principle adopted is the most simple and natural, viz : Search for a thing where it was lost. On this point the evidence of sacred history, of prophecy, and of secular history is summed up thus ; —“ The Ten Tribes were taken into Assyria in 721 b.c. History down to the fifth century of the Christian era says they are still there. Since that time no history or tradition at all reliable gives any account of their removal. And unfulfilled prophecy says they are to be restored from Assyria. The plain inference is— They are still there.” After glancing at lingual evidence the author proceeds : “ Amongst these Nestorians, who are nominal Christians, there are nominal Israelites, called Jews. Both the one and other trace' their origin to the Ten Tribes. The Nestorians are charged by the Jews with having apostatised from the religion of their fathers. They were not called Nestorians because converted by Nestorius, but because they sympathised with some views held by Nestorius. The Christianised portion claim to have been brought to the Christian faith by apostles sent to them from the Church at Jerusalem. Their traditions state that their forefathers went up to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Weeks (Shevouth) Pentecost, on the opening of the present dispensation ; that they caught the Pentecostal fire, carried it back to their people, and that the Church at Jerusalem, recognising the special claim of these their brethren, sent out Thomas, Thaddeus, and Bartholomew—names still honoured amongst them—as their first missionaries.” Their features, modified observances of the Mosaic ritual, and names in common use, all appear to stamp the Nestorians as children of Israel. The pamphlet, of which we have given a brief outline, closes with a few solemn words as to the danger to the Church of the AngloIsraelitish theory. We would strongly commend it to the attention of any who may be enquiring on the subject. “ What saith the Scripture 1 ” — W ord and W orlt, January 29.

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THE TEN TRIBES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 110, 8 June 1880

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THE TEN TRIBES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 110, 8 June 1880