Through the conversation with Montezinus, Rabbi Manase Ben Israel was
convinced that the American Indians were from several tribes of the
Lost Tribes of Israel. He wrote on Dec. 23, 1649, in a letter to John
Drury, the Puritan divine, "I think the Ten Tribes lived not only there
in America, but also in other lands scattered everywhere, these never
did come back to the second temple, and they keep to this day still
the Jewish religion seeing that all the prophecies which speak of the
bringing back into their native soil must be fulfilled."
Menorah Was Found in South America
As for the Indians in South America and the Lost Tribes of Israel, there
was an interesting article in a newspaper published in Israel (Maariv,
Dec 31, 1974) as follows:
In 1587, a Jesuit Nicholas Delttsu was sent to South America by the
king of Spain to convert the Indians. In Argentina, he found a tribe
with Hebrew names, Abraham, David, Moshe, etc.. When he asked them if
they were circumcised, they answered, "Yes, just as our ancestors."
In the same area were found knives of stone used for circumcision. Sharpened
stone knives are cited in the Bible as used for circumcision.
Of equal interest is the recent find of a tribe in Argentina related
to the Incas of Peru. On a stone tablet were found 3 commandments -
"Do not steal." "Do not lie." and "Do not murder." Scholars concluded
that these commandments come from the Ten Commandments of Moses but
existed hundreds of years before the Spaniards arrived.
And in 1974 in the same area, round stones were found with Hebrew Menorah
(candlestick with 7 arms of ancient Israel) on the stone, and on the
side is written in Aramaic, Pascha (Passover). Aramaic is an ancient
language which ancient Israelites used and this itself means very old.
A few meters away was found a long stone in the shape of a brick with
an engraving of a boat (the emblem of Zevulun is ship) with the word
Tzipora (the same name as the wife of Moses and one of names of Israelites.
The name of the ship?) written on it. Does this mean that they came
here on boat? Scholars believe it is 3000 years old.
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