Across the Sabbath River

Across the Sabbath River

In Search of A Lost Tribe of Israel

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The fate of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel has fascinated Jews and Christians throughout the ages. Hillel Halkin, a distinguished writer and translator, has long been intrigued by the old legend that the tribes still exist in distant corners of the earth -- a legend that, like nearly all contemporary investigators of the subject, he considered to lack all factual basis. In 1998, he accompanied a Jerusalem rabbi and dedicated Lost Tribes hunter to China, Thailand, and northeast India in search of traces of the biblical Israelites who disappeared in the eighth century B.C.E. The journey ended among a little-known ethnic group living along the India-Burma border who had themselves been swept in recent years by Lost Tribe fever. Halkin returned twice more to the Indian states of Mizoram and Manipur for a deeper look. Gradually, despite his initial skepticism, he became convinced that this remote group is -- incredible as it may seem -- historically linked to the ancient biblical tribe of Manasseh.

Across the Sabbath River is the compulsively readable account of Halkin's experiences in arriving at this conviction. A superb writer, he effortlessly interweaves the biblical and historical backgrounds of this centuries-old quest with a captivating account, both funny and poignant, of his own adventures. In vivid, engaging portraits, he introduces us to a wide and memorable range of characters at once alien and familiar, while transporting us to an exotic society obsessed with the enigma of its own identity. Piece by piece, as in a tantalizing detective story, he amasses the evidence that finally persuades him, and will persuade many of his readers, that, for the first time in history, a living remnant of a lost biblical tribe has been found.


Baker & Taylor
Traces the author's journey to the Indian states of Manipur and Mizoram, during which he came to believe that a little-known ethnic group living along the Indian-Burmese border is descended from the ancient biblical tribe of Manasseh.

Book News
Much of this narrative relies on word-by-word reporting of the conversations and discussions Halkin (a journalist living in Israel) held with people as he prepared for and carried out his research trip in India. There he found what he suggests are the descendents of the ancient Mannaseh tribe of Israel. Embedded in the travelogue, Halkin describes the history and myths that describe the lost tribes and the story of the subsequent research to learn where they might have gone. A bibliography and notes are included, but no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Traces the author's search in the Indian states of Manipur and Mizoram, during which he came to believe that a little-known ethinc group living along the Indian-Burmese border is descended from the lost ancient biblical tribe of Manasseh. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002
ISBN: 9780618029983
0618029982
Branch Call Number: 968.91 HALKI
Characteristics: 394 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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