Naturally, the sane among the Atonists wanted nothing to do with such monstrous scheming. They soon decided to go their own way. Biblical tradition tells us that the "chosen people" lived together in Israel for about 500 years. After 250 years they chose to divide themselves into two "Houses." Eventually, we are told that Israel was attacked and large portions of both Houses were taken into captivity by the Assyrians. The House of Judah (Aton) was particularly vulnerable since they were, unlike the Israelites, few in number. Allegedly, after their release by the Assyrians, the Judites and Israelites again suffered invasion and captivity at the hands of the Babylonians. After this period of bondage, the ten tribes of "Israel" decided not to return to their homes and Temple in Palestine but to emigrate Westward across the Caucasus Mountains and into the lands beyond. Only two tribes were still fanatical enough to allegedly make a return to Jerusalem, the "Tribe of Benjamin" and "Tribe of Levi." It is from these tribes that Levitical Judaism arose. From this tradition came the Gaonim, the Sadducees, Zadokites, Khazars, and Kabalistic colleges that were instrumental in creating the smokescreens behind which the Cult of Aton would operate.