To: judicial meanz
I am dreadfully ignorant of Jewish though on these matters, other than what is shared in the Old Testament. It would be interesting to hear from a Jewish Rabbi, preferably Orthodox or at least conservative.
As to the issue of Denominations I have to disagree. I am Catholic and must you see. It is more than just an obligation per the Church but my understanding of the Bible. When it comes to who has authority from Christ that is clearly spelled out in the Bible when Christ renamed Simon to Peter. Christ said he would build his Church on the rock and Peter means rock. He did not say he would build his church on the sons of Core (Korah). The rebellion of Core is more than a story of the Hebrews in the Wilderness, large numbers of the Psalms are dedicated to the sons of Core. The Psalms as you know were written long after Moses, Aaron and company. I think there must be some reason. Christ also warned what would happen if any teach a different doctrine, they would be given the lowest place in heaven.
People can differ about which faith is THE correct one but the notion that all are relative equal just does not stand up to Scripture. There are many Churches in apostasy, my old faith, Episcopal for one. The Catholic Church has more than it should in this regard as well. I do believe that was predicted in Scripture as well.
I doubt I will convince anyone here today but if you have access to a Bible search program, type in the word "rock" and see how often the passage can fit as a reference to Peter, either as a metaphor or as a prediction. My favorite is Moses striking the rock in the desert. The second time he hesitated and he was punished. The Rock has made the same mistake in our own day and will suffer as well.
To: Mark in the Old South
Thanks for the reply Mark. I will respectfully agree to disagree with you on some matters, but I think you have a good head on your shoulders. We are all looking for truth these days.
I have two Orthodox sources for you, but please realize there is a lot of divergent opinions on the identity of the lost tribes, and individual sources are going to vary. These two sources put a lot of effort into identifying the two tribes, so I guess they have the best amount of information on the subject so far.
One source is Rabbi Feld from the Maccabee Institute in Israel. Link is here: http://www.maccabeeinstitute.org/
Brit-Am is also a good source: http://britam.org
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