Exile and the Lost Tribes of Israel


Every nation on earth craves stability, and the Jews of ancient Israel were no exception. Unfortunately, after King Solomon’s death, the tribes of Israel  divided into two kingdoms; Israel in the north and Judah in the south. Many turbulent years followed, ending in exile for both kingdoms, and the disappearance of the ten tribes of Israel. This lesson explores some of the significant high points and low points of this era. Creative activities such as researching possible descendants of the lost tribes as well as engaging discussion questions are featured in this resource.

The learners will:

  1. understand the complexities of navigating a kingdom based on both religious and political priorities.

  2. know why and how the Kingdoms of Israel  and Judea were exiled from the land of Israel.

  3. be able to write a short essay that explains how Tisha B’Av continues to be a means of learning from our past mistakes.

Unpacked for Educators materials include:

  1. An educator’s guide that  contains many rich components. These are organized under the following titles: 

  • review (questions that relate to the video)

  • discussion

  • activities

  • reflection

  • further learning

  1. A video designed to spark interest in the topic.

  2. A lesson plan (link in the attachment above) that incorporates additional building blocks for the construction of an engaging and interactive lesson.

Computer, Projector, Colored pens and pencils, Poster paper

The website link includes a “further learning” section in the educator’s guide.

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