mopolitan country, having every variety of climate and productions. It could easily sustain twenty millions of people. The Palestine of promise and prophecy, and as ruled 'over by David and Solomon, is 5oo miles in length and contains 84,000 square miles ; as large as Great Britain.
In the year 976 B. C., TEN of the twelve tribes of Israel revolted and set up the separate kingdom or "house" of Israel. It was also called " Ephraim " by the prophets because that half tribe took the lead. The TWO tribes of Judah and Benjamin, with a part of the Levites, remained together as the kingdom or "house of Judah. " Afterward they became known as Jews, as they are in modern times.
The ten tribes were carried away captive to Assyria in 721 B. C. They never returned, but they gave up their religion and language, and are spoken of as " lost tribes. " "The lost sheep of the house of Israel."