This week on Lost Origins, Andrew is fortunate enough to have a discussion with Dr. Tudor Parfitt. Often referred to as a modern-day Indiana Jones, Dr. Parfitt’s research surrounds several topics, including the lost tribes of Israel and the Ark of the Covenant. Dr. Parfitt has authored many books, including The Lost Ark of the Covenant, The Lost Tribes of Israel: the History of a Myth, and Journey to the Vanished City: the Search for a Lost Tribe of Israel. He has also made several documentary appearances, including TED-X, Quest for the Lost Ark, and most recently Secrets of the Bible. Andrew and Dr. Parfitt will be discussing his theories and research surrounding the lost tribes of Israel, as well as the Ark of the Covenant.
Dr. Tudor Parfitt is a British historian, writer, broadcaster, traveller and adventurer. He specialises in the study of Jewish communities around the world, particularly in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Some have been recognised only since the late 20th century as having ancient Jewish origins. He is Emeritus Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he was the founding director of the Centre for Jewish Studies. He is now Distinguished Professor at Florida International University, Director of its Global Jewish Studies Program; Alumni Fellow at the Hutchins Center, Harvard College; and Senior Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Dr. Parfitt has authored droves of books including The Lost Ark of the Covenant, The Lost Tribes of Israel: the History of a Myth, and Journey to the Vanished City: the Search for a Lost Tribe of Israel. He has also made several documentary appeared including TED-X, Quest for the Lost Ark, and most recently season 1 of Secrets of the Bible. He has published some 70 articles and written, edited or translated 24 books.