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Through History

E. Alan Rosenvall


This book begins a journey through history that will engage and enlighten the open-minded reader. It explores the possibility that human history has been greatly influenced by the posterity of all the Thirteen Tribes of Israel, most of whom are considered lost or unknown. The evidence contained in this volume is of immense significance to anyone who wants to discern how the chronology of the peoples of antiquity ties into events of modern history and beyond.

Jacob, a grandson of Abraham, whose name God changed to Israel, may be the progenitor of more of the world´s inhabitants than is universally recognized. Unfortunately, the Jews are the only group of Jacob´s posterity that have been thoroughly investigated by scholars. The tribe of Judah represents only one-thirteenth of Jacob´s descendants-a fact that has rarely been scrutinized the way it is in this work.

This book is an overview of God´s dealings with Israel, correlating biblical annals with secular analysis. The first four chapters, which deal with Abraham (circa 1996-1821 BC), Isaac (circa 1896-1716 BC), and Jacob (circa 1837-1690 BC), set the backdrop of the chronology of the tribes prior to their captivity. Other chapters discuss the meaning of the word "lost" in terms of what happened to the tribes of Israel after they escaped from captivity. There is evidence that Christ´s Apostles traveled to areas of the world where part of lost Israel resided, and that the Apostles taught the gospel to these peoples long before Rome sent Catholic emissaries to teach them. This book also considers the possibility that many of today´s nations are made up largely of members of the lost tribes of Israel.

Several chapters examine linguistic factors in detail. Knowledge of linguistic evidence is essential in order for students to have the necessary data to understand ethnology in terms of the history of Israel. These factors are fascinating!

In addition, many historians who have repudiated the Apocrypha or Pseudepigrapha codices I refer to have also spurned the existence of God. Such historians have tried to demonstrate that these codices were originally drafted by scribes who lived long after the events depicted had transpired. My investigations contribute substantial new testimony to ascertain that these old manuscripts are primarily accurate, as far as they have been deciphered accurately. I hope those who are skeptic about the existence of God, and his dealing with humankind, will read this book, and will be led to reevaluate their understanding about the fate of the house of Israel through history. I hope that this book will influence many others to engage in personal inquiry into areas that may have been previously overlooked or unexplained.

The book ´The THIRTEEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL Through History´ by E. Alan Rosenvall-presents the following points. These points are:

There were ´Thirteen Tribes of Israel´ not just the Tribe of Judah, as most historians believe. It is intended to give solace to the Jews-to let them know that they are not the only descendants of Israel-that they have many distant relatives scattered throughout Europe and America and other areas of the world. It explains to the Tribe of Judah and the rest of the ´Tribes of Israel´ about their ´Messiah´-that the Jewish people, for centuries, have been praying to restore the complete House of Israel-at the ´wailing wall´ at the old temple site that is a part of Old Jerusalem.

The book is divided into ´Four Main Parts´. The ´Second Part´ will be the most intricate because of the seriousness of the challenge this book brings to secular history, as taught in Elementary Schools, Colleges and Universities. These chapters required a detailed treatment of the history of the tribes of people that settled Europe, from whence has come most of the settlers of America.

Atheist and/or agnostics have dominated the facts that have been represented in our history books for at least the past 150 years, they have almost totally eliminated any references to God in the treatment of history or science, hence deliberately, or in innocence, misdirected the real truth about the history of humankind.


Most of humankind walk about the earth like they are blind, only sensing part of what is going on about them. Those who don´t want to see or hear are indeed handicapped.

Humankind has invented equipment that uses the electromagnetic spectrum, this includes light rays that emanate from the sun. We cannot detect most of these light frequencies with our natural eyes. Some would have us believe that if we are unable to "sense" something with our five senses, it does not exist! Yet our eyes detect only a small portion of this well-known spectrum. But knowledge and sophisticated equipment allow us to perceive these frequencies and use them for our benefit and enjoyment. X-rays, infrared cameras, television, and radio all use wave lengths that are a part of the electromagnetic spectrum though we are unable to perceive them with our natural senses.

As our Heavenly Father´s children, we are indeed blind and deaf, in a sense, until we apply His laws; for they will open our eyes to additional enlightenment so that we can both see and know Him, thereby learning the true purpose of earth life. By obedience to His eternal laws, we can learn things far beyond x-rays, and infrared light. Would not this additional knowledge be just as valid as sunlight or other observable phenomena that have been brought to our attention by scientists? Why not acquire additional knowledge directly from the greatest scientist of all-God?

What are prayer, visions, or revelations but communication on a much grander scale than radio, television, or computer? It is impossible to know of God and His truths without applying His laws-including the scientific laws that control the galaxy and the universe within which we live. "Know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"1-free to use any law or principle, even those we do not understand or comprehend. All laws can be subject to us, according to our knowledge. If we want to be truly free, we must learn all God´s laws and abide by them. As Christ said, "He that believeth not shall be damned."2

What is the real meaning of this word damned? Think of a stream of water; if damned up, its progression is stopped until it is released. We too, can be stopped in our forward progression unless we apply the eternal laws given us by God, which eternal truths bring about progression. We can eventually become the master of all laws, as they become subject to us through our obedience and knowledge. This, then, is truth: to know all laws and live them, therefore progressing until we know all things.

Christ´s purpose in coming into the world was to bring us back into the Father´s presence with the promise of eternal lives-being co-equal with Him. Try obeying His laws and see-really see for yourself how they work.

For many years now, I have observed a percentage of our youth seduced through secular education into pathways away from God. They are lured into thinking that there is no God, and that life ends at death. It is to these children of our Father in Heaven that I dedicate this book, hoping they will read, search, meditate, ponder, and pray until they gain a knowledge of the history of the house of Israel. Truth must be gained on a one-to-one basis from our Father in Heaven through the power of the Holy Spirit, who teaches by love, long-suffering, patience, and kindness. We too must learn to teach using God´s ways and forgiving others for their mistakes, especially those who trespass against us.

It was while I was learning to read the book of Romans from the Greek Codices that I realized how little is understood about the word gentile in relationship to the house of Israel and that Paul was writing to the dispersed of Israel. From this experience I began to gain a desire to organize what has been revealed or known about Israel.

Gentile was the word used as a connecting link between generations. Israelite, Greek, Roman, and Jewish societies used variations of the word agnate for members of their immediate family, and more remote members of the same tribe or clan were called gentiles. Agnate denoted those male members of a family who could show the successive steps of their descent from a common progenitor. Gentile was the word used for a more distant degree of relationship where the intermediate links of connection with a common ancestor was not known.3 This is the true meaning of the word "lost" as in "lost Israel"; they were referred to as gentiles. It was not considered a derogatory term but indicated their relationship to other members of a tribe or clan. They had lost the knowledge of their intermediate progenitors between themselves and Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

History and anthropology seem to disagree about the house of Israel on many points. These need to be considered and discussed with an open mind. The following are a few points I intend to consider in this book.

Some questions that invite more research regarding movements of tribal peoples in ancient times include the origin of the blue-eyed peoples of Europe and parts of central and western Asia. Could they be a remnant of Germanic tribes that migrated into Asia Minor at an estimated date of 600 to 800 BC.? Or must we go further back into antiquity for an explanation of their appearance? Who were the ancestors of the inhabitants of southern Russia, whom some consider the predecessors of the Germanic race? What was the original origin of this race, which is considered European? Is it really European?

How are we to interpret what occurred in Attica (Greece) between 500 and 300 BC, when, in a relatively short duration of time, there radiated forth so brilliant a galaxy of illustrious men? How and where did such a concentration of the foremost of humankind originate?

Anthropologists tell us that two types of races of humans developed in the early history of humankind: the brachycephals (broad-heads), and the dolichocephalic (long-heads). Yet we can observe living today, in one family unit, both varieties of offspring. Could the same have been the situation in the account of Adam and Eve given in the Bible?

What about the skeletons of brachycephals (broad-headed people) found in Portugal? Do they belong to North Africa and Near East tribal groups? We must also consider the question of the lineage of the old Iberian Phoenician stock. Were these people related to the peoples of Europe of the Paleolithic age?

Were such diverse civilizations the result of an ethnically differing populace? Did the so-called disappearance of a tribal race of inhabitants occur because of absorption or extinction? For instance, did the unanticipated departure of the Scythian civilization occur because of war or ethnic name changes?

Many more questions crowd together in scholars´ minds. Many modern anthropologists teach radically dissimilar hypotheses about theories of human history in ancient Europe.

Because of some of the more engaging speculations that abound, I have occasionally been reminded of how historians and anthropologists can profit from working together to ascertain humankind´s movements throughout the world. In theories about the history of Scandinavia, anthropologists point out the extensive colonies of brachycephals (broad-heads) who remain in that area. However it is the dolichocephalic (long-heads) whose society appears to be so indisputable to anthropologists, that I use them as an example. Is this not where the historian should step in and help untangle why the two types are intermingled together?

Humans belonging to the brachycephal group peopled the Shetland Islands and both sides of the North Sea. We also find them on the Scottish and Irish coasts. There seems little doubt that the northern parts of land around the North Sea (on both of its coasts and on its islands) are inhabited by a populace of the two lineage´s: the dolichocephalic Nordic stock (as has been taught), and the brachycephal populace, which is characterized by its tall stature and broad face. From what domain did these people come?

Some scholars consider that these brachycephal people are related to the Dinaric stock from the Adriatic and Ionian Greek coasts. This prototype expanded extensively into the hinterland, which is deemed the Dinaric domain. Did they, then, cross right over Europe? And if so, when? In prehistoric times, or in a historic time? And if so, under what name? How? What route did this Dinaric Greek people follow in their journey across the continent? What was the first place of their colonization on the shores of the North Sea? It is important for humankind to find out! Did they settle in Scotland or Scandinavia? When did they set sail from one of these sectors for the other region?

There is rarely any historical problem discussed today in which anthropology and historical chronology seem to agree. Yet if the various disciplines of science do not deliberate together on information from all disciplines, they will continue to make miscalculations about the history of humankind.

To understand that history, we must contemplate the situations of tribal peoples who were isolated for centuries. Their choices of marriage partners helped establish their genetic makeup, and the results that have occurred include distinctive genetic characteristics we can observe among humankind today.

Searching through the historical literature, I found explanations of these factors at every step. How simple it would have been to attribute them to God´s division of the human races! The Bible can render a great service to geography, economics, and sociology in helping to contradict many inaccurate theories that have been accepted by scholars.

I have heard through the years that we are not to delve into spiritual mysteries. Yet, if something is disclosed by God, is it a mystery? If He divulged it, He must want us to know and understand it.

I believe as Alma explains: "It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God: nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word, which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence, which they give unto him.

"And therefore, he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he knows them in full.

"And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell."4

We should not say a topic cannot be understood without first studying what God has to say about it. I have searched for years to comprehend what God has disclosed about Israel: therefore I compiled this information and wrote this book. As you read, you too will see how important this information is to all humankind.

Our youth are confused because we as parents and teachers are unprepared to use facts to offset misinformation students receive from teachers who do not know God or His ways. If this book helps youth and others put some of the pieces of world history together, I will have been amply rewarded.

E. Alan Rosenvall
1 October 1971 (updated in 1994)


1 John. 8:32.
2 Mark 16:16.
3 Theodor Mommsen, History of Nations, Rome, v. 3, pp. 11-12. Published by H. W. Snow and Son Company, Chicago 1910. Jer. 46:1; also Jewish, Masoretic text.
4 Alma 12:9-11 italics added.

The book contains the following:


According to Homer Page 9
World Map According to HerodotusPage 10
Abraham MigrationsPage 12
Israel in the WildernessPage 13
Genealogy of House of JosephPage 23
Entering the Promised LandPage 30
Ancient World of the 7th Century B. C.Page 31
Lands of the Twelve Tribes of IsraelPage 32
Kingdom of David and SolomonPage 33
Peoples and CulturePage 34
Early EuropePage 35
The Dispersions of IsraelPage 52
The Route of the Ten ThousandPage 53
Restoration of CarthagePage 104
Carthage TodayPage 105
Phoenician-Israelite PrincessPage 106
Phoenician-Israelite CouncilmanPage 107
Hiram´s TombPage 108
Phoenician, Greek and Roman Expansion MapsPage 109
World of StraboPage 110
World Map by PtolemyPage 111
Greek-Israel Phoenician-Israel ColoniesPage 112
Herford MapPage 113
Hebrew-Phoenician InscriptionsPage 141
Israel´s WanderingsPage 167
Comparative Table of Ancient AlphabetsPage 172
Phoenician (Punic) Colonists AlphabetPage 173
Examples of Phoenician (Iberian-Punic) AlphabetsPage 174
Ancient Ship (Phoenician-Celtic)Page 175
Travels of Paul the ApostlePage 195
Jewish Converts to ChristianityPage 196
The Jews of the Roman EmpirePage 197-198
Genealogy of British RoyaltyPage 221
Pedigree of Cousin to Virgin MaryPage 222
Ancestry of CharlemagnePage 223
Pedigree of Robert E. LeePage 224
History of Israel´s Law and RecordsPage 234
Israel´s Westward TrekPage 244
Popular Conception of David´s EmpirePage 245
Real Size of David´s Empire and His Conquests Page 246
Physical Map of Scythian InfluencePage 247
Map of (known) Scythian Burials in the Black Sea AreaPage 248
Chronicled History of the Old TestamentPage 375

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E. Alan Rosenvall
P.O. Box 711466
Salt Lake City, Utah 84171-1466

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