Across the Sabbath River by Hillel Halkin
THE IDEA that the Israelites- the people later called the “Jews”-once lost ten of their twelve tribes begins with two no- tices in the biblical book of Kings.
The first records events from about 733 B.C.E.: Pekah son of Remaliah became king over Israel and Samaria-for twenty years. He did what was displeasing to the Lord…. In the days of King Pekah, King Tiglath- JON D. LEVENSON is the AlbertA. List professor of Jewish studies at Harvard and the author ofThe Death and Res- urrection of the Beloved Son: The Transformation of Child Sacrifice in Judaism and Christianity (Yale) and Sinai and Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible (HarperCollins).
Pileser of Assyria came and cap- tured Ijon, Abel-beth-maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor-Gilead, Galilee, the entire region of Naphtali; and he deported the in- habitants to Assyria.
About the Author