MembersThe Unlost Tribes of Israel

Around the globe various people groups are embracing a Jewish lifestyle.

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Many began as Christians, and searching through the Bible concluded that Judaism is the right way. Who are these people, and could they be the lost tribes of Israel?

Approximately 50,000 members of the Lemba tribe of Zimbabwe and South Africa believe they are descendants of a Yemenite Jewish tribe that crossed into Africa. The tribe tells of how they lost their holy book (Bible) along the way, and continue to keep those Jewish traditions that have been passed down orally. They rest on the seventh day, mark the new moon festivals and celebrate Pasika in April by roasting a lamb. The tribe circumcises boys on the eighth day, eats only biblically-kosher animals and separates milk and meat. The Lemba, who perceive themselves as ethnically Jewish, find no contradiction in regularly attending Christian churches. Recent DNA analyses have established a partially Middle-Eastern origin for a portion of the male Lemba population.

Eze Chukwuemeka, king of the 32 million-strong Igbo nation-tribe of Nigeria says on his Facebook page that he is “a direct descendant of the biblical patriarch Gad’s son, Eri.” In...

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