Paper This is a 120 page paper that deals with the the history of the Twelve Tribes, the position of Spriggs and his use of Scriptures, the theology of the group, and the social psychology (how power and authority are utilized in the group). This paper is the consequence of thousands of hours of research. A $15.00 donation is suggested to help cover the cost of reproduction and mail costs. If that is not possible it is available for free.
Teachings The Twelve Tribes/Messianic Communities has inner and outer doctrine. Outer doctrine is for public consumption and is available through their freepapers and other publications available to non-members. Inner doctrine is the teachings of their "apostle," Elbert Eugene Spriggs. This is available only for the elect in the group, and is deemed to be incomprehensible to outsiders because they are not "under the anointing." We have 20 years worth of these teachings dealing with a vast amount of topics. Some of these are available at this Web site under the "Teachings" link. Others are available upon request for a nominal copying donation.
Newspaper and Magazine Articles
- Early Years These are mostly from Chattanooga, TN and detail the early history of the group and the problems they faced (i.e. accusations of child abuse, being a cult, etc.)
- Middle Years These articles are mostly from Vermont days when the group was called the Northeast Kingdom Community Church. These were very controversial days with defectors speaking out, the notorious 1984 raid by the State of Vermont, allegations of child abuse, etc.
- Present These are articles from all over the country and world that deal with the worldwide expansion of the Messianic Communities/Twelve Tribes. Articles cover the kidnapping of the Wootten children by their member-father and his unlawful flight for eight years, the death of two children at the Community in Sus, France, etc.
Early Days of Island Pond, VT Raw footage from 1983 and 1984 dealing with the Raid in Vermont, and the court case against Edward Wiseman, Hakam, over the "scourging" of a 13 year old girl.
Moms Who Fight Cults to Get Their Kids Back, Jerry Springer Show, 3/18/94
Interview with Michael Painter and James Howell, 1/23/93. Michael Painter was in the Communities for 18 years and started many of the Communities "cottage industries," and James Howell was Spriggs personal secretary for over a decade.
Chronicle Program, 2/19/98 The Communities speaks to the allegations of child abuse in the Communities and a Wootten son speaks of being harbored by the Communities while living "underground" with his father and brother for eight years until they were apprehended by the FBI.
*The above videos are available upon request
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