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ARE THE FRENCH DESCENDED FROM THE LOST TRIBES?

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It is true that the people  of France are a mixture of various  peoples and  tribes who  settled there  during a very long period covering over 2,500 years.  Among those  tribes,  we  find evidence that  portions of the tribes of Israel were  there in ancient times, becoming part of the present make-up of the people.

The famous Roman geographer, Claudius Ptolemy, in his “Cosmographia Tabulae” drew maps  of the ancient world about  125 A.D., showing  where  nations and tribes were located in his day. In his map of Gaul, we find the tribe of ‘Semnones‘ listed in south-central France. The similarity of this with the Biblical tribe of “Simeon is striking. The evidence in Ptolemy ‘s maps is  graphically depicted in  color in  our  film presentation, “The  Heritaee of Eber.” a 45-minute color lecture which  is available from CBIA ($20 plus postage). This is now available  in DVD as well as VHS format.

It is well known  that scholars  consider it a certainty that the tribe of Simeon disappeared from Palestine long before  the Babylonian and Assyrian conquests. Where did they go? Historian Johannes C. DeMoor of the Netherlands wrote  concerning this Israelite  tribe There is “a hidden word-play in Genesis 49:5, ‘Simeon and Levi are brothers, weapons of violence are their trade ‘The derivation  of ‘mkrtyhm from the root ‘mkr, “to trade,’ renders  it likely that originally ‘makirsimply meant  ‘trader’ (later Hebrew ‘moker’). This  would make the Simeonites travelling salesmen which might   offer   another explanation for  their later disappearance from  Palestine.

In other words, the Biblical tribe of Simeon engaged in trading expeditions and sailed  away from the Mid­ East in very early times. Even after several centuries they could still be located  on Ptolemy’s map!

There  is also very good  evidence for the tribe of Reuben  settling  in France,  as shown in an important chapter of author Steven  M. Collins excellent book , “lsrael’s Tribes Today.” which  is available from CBIA for $20 plus shipping.

One of the earliest scholars to trace the lost tribes of Israel  to  France  was  the  French  Huguenot writer, Jacques Abbadie,  who  fled French  Roman  Catholic persecution and later settled in London, England. In his important work, “The Triumph Of Providence”(1723) he wrote, “God opened, as one might say, the tomb of the Ten Tribes by the conversion of the Northern Peoples… Certainly, unless  the Ten Tribes have flown into the air, or been plunged into the center of the earth, we must look for them in the North, and in that part of the  North,  which at  the  time  of Constantine was converted to the Christian faith … The Ten Tribes have since seen conversion into Christian nations, which they are, having thousands of God-fearing ministers in their midst, a people  marked  by physical possession of the Gospel as servants of God, and reunited  with many of their brethren of Judah  in the Christian church.  This explanation allows us to see the historical fulfillment of the prophetic picture in the Gothic warriors, prepared for conquest, destined  for empire, and ancestors of the tribes who inhabit this nation [France].”

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