do jewish folks believe the lost tribes of Israel are in india?
or they were in india? that's the reason of jewish people or some people claim to be descedants of the lost tribes of Israel?
- kaganateLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Don't know what all Jews believe but the reality is that "the Lost Tribes" is a runaway poetical metaphore.
The so-called "Lost Tribes" refers to the people of Northern Israel which was conquered by Assyria before the South. Southern Israeli poets therefore called that nation "lost" - in lamenting it.
However -- a good portion of them escaped and joined SOuthern Israel as refugees.
The city of Jerusalem alone was doubled in size because of the refugees.
Another portion of them escaped to start independent Jewish communities elsewhere.
As for the ones that were taken away by Assyria - those who were not killed eventualy established communities as well.
Then, when Babylon conquered Southern Israel and Assyria -- the Babylonians rejoined the different groups of Israelites / Jews.
By 2500 years ago -- the so called "Lost Tribes" were again part of the whole Jewish people.
What you may be thinking is a single specific community in India which claims to be of Jewish origin (from the tribe of Menashe) but became separated from the rest of the Jewish world.
The reality of their history is not entirely clear. There are neighboring Christian communities who claim that this group were Indian converts to Christianity who abandoned the Jesus parts and "self-converted" to Judaism.
Whatever the case -- they have been separate for so long and their observances are so different, that today they are systematicaly converting to normative Orthodox Judaism in order to re-enter the Jewish people without controversy.
Other than the Bnei Menashe, there are four different Jewish communities in India who were never lost.
They are and always were an integral part of the Jewish people.
- 7 years ago
Some Jews did make it to India, most have since returned to Israel. These Jews left after the Assyrian conquest of the northern Kingdom of Israel
however, the lost tribes were taken by the Assyrians and assimilated into Assyrian culture. Their descendants are now scattered across the Mideast living in countries that were once part of the Assyrian Empire, which is now Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Jordan and LebanonSource(s): ..
- Kevin7Lv 77 years ago
It could be possible descendants of the lost tribe live in India or elsewhere
- 7 years ago
If the lost tribe claim of B'nei Manasseh & Kashmiri is true I am one of them.