"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;".  (1 Peter 2:9)
  It is not uncommon to go to church on any given Sunday and hear "the lost tribes of Israel (the Chosen Race) of the Old Testament have been replaced by the church in the New Testament".  And if you try to explain to somebody that the descendants of the Israelites are alive and well today, and living in Britain, the British Commonwealth countries and the United States, you'll hear, "Even if that's true, what does it matter?"  Well let's let the Bible explain.

While the Bible is a book like no other, it does include the similarities of other books you may have read.  There is a main character (Jesus/God), along with a cast of supporting characters (good guys and bad guys), there are many plots and sub-plots, lots of romance, etc.  Now let's say a friend of yours just read a novel that they think you would be interested in.  They loan you the book to read, but all of the pages from the first half of the book are missing .... they have been torn out.  Upon questioning your friend as to their whereabouts, you get a response something like this:  "Don't worry, those pages aren't that important. The main plot is in the second half of the book .... that is all you really need to read to understand the story".  True, most stories do heat up in the later stages, but you need to read the entire story, from cover to cover, to fully understand the plot.  Well even though there are 66 books in the Bible, most Christians choose (or are taught) to only read the New Testament, the last 27 books.  Oh they say the Old Testament does contain some great stories, and it does contain the prophesying of the coming of Jesus, but mostly it contains laws and commandments that only applied to the people of over 2000 years ago.  Just like your friend's novel, you won't understand the story that the Bible tells, if you don't start back on page 1.

Beginning with Adam and Eve, we read of the many generations that follow in the Book of Genesis.  Some men are of greater importance than others.  We are all familiar with the story of Noah.  Noah and his wife, his two sons and their wives were the only faithful people to God of their time.  Therefore God flooded the earth, (or a portion of the earth, whichever you may believe), destroying all of man except for Noah and his family.  It is interesting to note that Noah was the tenth generation after Adam.  Certain numbers have special meaning throughout the Bible .... the number 10 denotes Divine perfection, (as in the 10 Commandments).  One of Noah's sons was named Shem, and descendants of Shem were known as Shemites, or Semites.  Three generations after Shem was a man named Eber .... and all of his descendants were known as Hebrews.

Twenty generations after Adam, (10 generations after Noah), and we find another great man of the Bible, Abram, whose name was later changed to Abraham, which I'll use from here forward.  Abraham was a Hebrew (a descendant of Eber) and a Semite (a descendant of Shem).  He was not an Israelite nor was he a Jew.  None of these names are synonymous with one another.  However, this is where the story of the Israelites begins.  

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