2003 Seminar
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WHANGAREI:   Sunday June 22nd, 2.00pm, Hearing Association Hall, cnr Deveron Street and Mill Road, Whangarei. Sponsored by History Research Group


AUCKLAND:   Thursday 26th June (private meeting with BIWF)


SYDNEY:   Sunday 29th June, 2.00pm, Truscott Street Public School, Truscott Street, North Ryde


PERTH:   Tuesday 1st July, 7.00pm, Rod Evans Centre (Senior Citizens), cnr Hay & Plain Streets, Perth


BRISBANE:   Saturday July 5th, 10.30am, Redeemer College Library Lecture Theatre. Sponsored by Christian Educational Services Australia


MELBOURNE:   Wednesday 9th July (private group meeting)



Outline of Presentation




Terry M. Blodgett


I.    Introduction to the general subject of the Lost Tribes


II.   How the Linguistic approach differs from other searches for the Lost Tribes

A.  Linguistics reveals that there were four separate migrations or migratory periods when                        Israelites spread out into the world.

B.  A comparison of the four linguistic formulas which help us to trace the Lost Tribes


III.  The 1500 B.C. Migration out of Egypt

A.  The Mediterranean Area

1.  Crete, Greece, Troy, Asia Minor, Thrace, Macedonia

2.  Spain, France, Italy

B.  Central Asia, India

C.  Ireland, Mexico


IV.  The 700 B.C. Migration out of North Israel—The Assyrian Captivity of the Ten Tribes

A.  Israelites east of the Jordan were taken captive but then soon released—

1.  These were Gad, Reuben, ½ of Manasseh. 

2.  They migrated to the East, into Central Asia and some to China, Korea, Japan.

3.  Some entered Persia and India

B.  Those who fled to avoid captivity settled west of the Black Sea—Cimmerians

1.  When they migrated, they spread throughout Central and Western Europe

2.  They became the Celts of Spain, France, and Britain

C.  Captive Israelites were held in Assyria for 100 years..

1.  When released, they became Scythians north of the Black Sea

2.  The Scythians migrated to Northern Europe in four waves

3.  They became Germanic


V.  The 600 B.C. Migration out of Judah—The Babylonian Captivity of Kingdom of Judah

A.  Most were taken into Babylonian Captivity

1.  Some of these returned to Palestine

2.  Some of these remained in Babylonia for a while

a.  Some of these eventually spread into Iran

b.  Some of these eventually spread into Africa and Spain

B.  Some fled to Africa, Ireland, South America


VI.  The A.D. 70 Migration out of Judea—The Roman Occupation and Persecution of the Jews

A.  Some Jews fled throughout the Mediterranean Area

B.  Benjaminites fled on foot through Anatolia, to the Danube and founded Vienna.

C.  Christian Jews fled to Venice, then into the Italian Alps

D.  In 450 A.D. they fled over the Alps into Switzerland and Southern Germany.

E.  In 1200 A.D. many of those still in Switzerland were driven north into Europe.


VII.  Summary, Conclusions, and Questions




When the Israelites were taken captive or fled their homes in advance of the Assyrian conquest of Israel around 720 BC, they didn’t return to their homeland. Where did they go? Much speculation has surrounded their disappearance, and recently, historians and scholars have begun to uncover the fascinating trails left by these ‘lost’ Israelites.  



Have the Israelites ‘died out’? Are they represented only by the Jewish people?  



One third of the Bible is prophecy, and many scriptures relate to Israel at the ‘time of the end’. Are these prophecies ‘a waste of space’, or did God intend that the identity of Israel would finally be known?  



Prof. Blodgett, a specialist in the study of linguistics, has carefully pieced together information we believe you will find fascinating and thought provoking.


He has given over 100 public presentations to Lion’s Clubs, Rotary International, literary clubs, religious groups, faculty and students of languages, archaeology, history, religion, and Biblical Hebrew studies. Prof. Blodgett has also written a book on the 4 migrations of Israel based on his intensive research.


After obtaining his B.A. (Utah) with a Major in German and Minor in Psychology, he continued numerous post-graduate studies, completing his Ph.D. (Utah) in 1981 with a Major in German Literature, and a Minor in Historical Linguistics. His Doctoral Dissertation was Phonological Similarities in Germanic and Hebrew. In 1983 he undertook Post Doctoral Studies in Civilization and Culture (University of Bonn, Germany).


Interests and languages studied: Linguistics, both Historical and Comparative; Ancient History, Archaeology, Middle Eastern Studies; Hebrew both Modern and Biblical; English History; and languages – English, Gothic, Old Norse, Anglo Saxon, Old High German, Latin, French, Spanish.





1965-68 B.A. Degree, Utah State University: Major: German; Minor: Psychology


1967 Undergraduate Studies: German/Foreign Language Teaching Methodology

Hofstra University, New York


1968-71 M.A. Degree: Brigham Young University

Major: German Literature; Minor: Historical Linguistics

Thesis: A Study of Heinrich von Kleist’s Theories of National Security

as Portrayed in Die Hermannsschlacht.


1971-73 Doctoral studies in German literature and linguistics: University of Utah


1975 Graduate studies in German literature: University of Minnesota


1981 Ph.D. Degree: University of Utah

Major: German Literature; Minor: Historical Linguistics

Doctoral Dissertation: Phonological Similarities in Germanic and Hebrew


1983 Post Doctoral Studies in Civilization and Culture: University of Bonn, Germany




1967 National Defense Education Act (NDEA) "Undergraduate Scholar from Utah"

One stipend recipient per state to study German Language and Literature

Teaching Methods, Hofstra University, New York


1975 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Stipend Recipient for

summer graduate studies in German Existentialist Literature, U. of Minnesota; Presentation: "Heinrich von Kleist as a Forerunner to Modern Existentialism"


1983 Fulbright Scholarship to facilitate studies in Europe and attendance at Fulbright Seminar: German Culture and Civilization, Bonn and Berlin, Germany



1981 Publication of doctoral dissertation, Phonological Similarities in Germanic and Hebrew, Ann Arbor, Michigan, December 1981

1982 Presentation, by invitation, to Society for Early Historic Archaeology (SEHA)

Title: "Linguistic Similarities in Germanic and Hebrew"

1983 Presentation of paper to Deseret Language and Linguistics Society (DLLS);

Title: "A Comparison of Germanic and Hebrew Sound Shifts"


1983 Five Lectures in Europe while visiting as a Fulbright Scholar:

  • Vienna, Austria: a public presentation, sponsored by Dr. Alexander Wondra, President of the Vienna Theater (lecture was in German; ca. 100 attendees);

  • Würzburg, Germany: a presentation to students and faculty of the U. of Würzburg; sponsored by Dr. Ulrich Noack, Senior Faculty Member (lecture was in German);

  • Bonn, Germany: a presentation to other American Fulbright scholars and to the faculty of the University of Bonn; sponsored by the President of the University of Bonn, Dr. Gerhard Besch, whose specialty is also in linguistics (lecture was in English.);

  • Berlin, Germany: a presentation to students and faculty, sponsored by the Archaeology Department, University of Berlin (lecture was in German; ca. 100 people present);

  • London, England: a professional, scholarly presentation to the British Israel World Federation annual conference (lecture was in English; ca. 300 people present).

1984 Lecturer at SUU’s "Jewish Week"—Presentation to SUU students, faculty, and Israeli guests;

Title: "Tracing Israelite Migrations Through Linguistic Patterns," SUU, Cedar City, Utah


1985 Presentation to Utah Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters;

Title of paper: "Middle Eastern Migrations into Europe"


1986 Presentation to Utah Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters;

Title of paper: "Middle Eastern Migrations into Europe, Part II"


1994 Publication of article: "Tracing the Dispersion" in Ensign, February, 1994


1994 Guest Lecturer by invitation: Deseret Language and Linguistics society (DLLS);

Title of presentation: "In search of the Indo-European Homeland"


1995 Guest Lecturer by invitation: Department of Linguistics, Brigham Young University;

Title of presentation: "Evidence that the Proto-Indo-European Language was Hebrew"


1996 A public presentation, "Israel’s Migrations: Linguistic Evidence," sponsored by Dr. Arval L. Streadbeck, Dissertation Chairman, Department of Languages, University of Utah


1999 By invitation, keynote speaker, "The Four Sound Shifts of the Four Israelite Migrations,"

Shenandoah Valley Language and Linguistics Conference at Southern Virginia College

Workshops/Seminars attended:  "Middle Eastern Studies—Arabic" (Snowbird, UT), "German 

Historical Studies" (Tempe, AZ), "German Teaching Methodology" (New York), "German Literature and Existentialism" (Minneapolis, MN), "Teaching Foreign Languages" (Ogden, UT), "Teaching English as a Second Language" (St. George, UT), "German Culture and Civilization" (Bonn and Berlin, Germany), "Middle Eastern Studies—Judaic" (Denver, CO)

Primary Field of Interest: German Language, Literature, Culture, and History


Related Fields of Interest and Languages studied: Linguistics—Historical and Comparative, Ancient History, Archaeology, Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew—Modern and Biblical, English History and Language, Gothic, Old Norse, Anglo Saxon, Old High German, Latin,, French, Spanish




Literature Language and Linguistics

Earliest German Lit to 1750 Bibliography and Research History of Indo-European Languages Baroque Literature Literary Criticism History of the German Language

Enlightenment Writing Techniques History of Germanic Linguistics

Storm and Stress Herder German Phonetics and Phonemics

Classicism Lessing, Goethe, Schiller Old High German

Romanticism Kleist, Novalis, Tieck Middle High German

Poetic Realism Storm, Stifter, Keller Gothic

Naturalism, Expressionism Hauptmann, Werfel, Kafka Old Norse

Impressionism, Surrealism Mann, Hesse, Durrenmatt Philology Seminar

Post-War Literature Borchert, Brecht Advanced Comparative Linguistics

Classical Epics Strasbourg, Eschenbach Transformational Grammar



  • Served on Faculty Senate (three years)

  • Leave, Rank and Tenure Committee for the Library (currently serving)

  • Foreign Language Testing Coordinator (twenty-seven years)

  • Chairman, Institutional Planning Committee (one year)

  • Trans-Campus Communications Council (one year)

  • Advisor to Sigma Gamma Chi Religious Fraternity (three years)

  • Advisor to German Club (twenty-five years)

  • Chairman, SUU Foreign Language Festival for high school students

  • Professor and Student Advisor at SUU (twenty-five years)

  • Introduction of new courses and programs at SUU such as Comparative Literature (Literature in Translation) and Historical Linguistics (History of Indo-European Languages)

  • Professional Service to the Community has been largely in the form of public presentations within my academic specialty of Linguistics, including over 100 presentations to various groups, including Lion’s Club, Rotary International, literary clubs, religious groups, faculty and student groups in languages, archaeology, history, religion departments, and Biblical Hebrew studies.



1971-1973 Teaching Fellowship: University of Utah (doctoral candidate)

1973-1982 Assistant Professor: Southern Utah University

1981-1987 Chairman, Department of Languages: Southern Utah University

1982-1991 Associate Professor: Southern Utah University

1991 Professor: Southern Utah University