In writing about Israel’s continued place in God’s covenant, Paul writes in Romans 11:15, For if their rejection leads to the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?” The usual understanding is that this refers to the Jewish people, who are the heart of the Covenant Nation of Israel. But what if Paul were referring not only to the Jews, but also to the non-Jewish tribes of the House of Joseph – the ones now called the Lost Tribes? That’s a point we cover in this second part of our conversation with Margot Crossing about the Interconnectivity of Ancient Israel in Asia Symposium, held in Aizawl, India, in November 2023.

Israel’s God exiled all the tribes from the Promised Land for good reason. Yes, both Judah and Ephraim rebelled against their Redeemer, and God judged them for it, but there was a promise in that exile. We learn about it in the story of Jacob, as Barry Phillips and David Jones discuss in this first part of their two-part midrash called, “Exile and Restoration.” We also hear this message in the music of Jimmie Black and Mason Clover.

To learn more about Margot Crossing’s research into the Lost Tribes of Israel, visit her blog and other resources at the following links:

To learn more about the Ten in Ten initiative, and about the Mizo people and other Lost Book Peoples  mentioned in the interview, check out these documents:

The cover image includes a photo of Bakhtiari nomads in Iran, taken by Ninara in June 2011, accessible on Flickr at:

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