Brit-Am Research Sources (13 January, 2014, 12 Shevet 5774)
1. O'Connor:Â Phoenicia and Edom
O'Connor Demonstration p. ccxxix
"the country was called Phoenicia from the vernacular word Phoenicia, which means red; ...when the children of Edom fled from David...to this part of the land of Canaan, the country say they, was called Phoenicia for the first time, synonymous with Edom, in compliment to these fugitives...
2. Some Early Believers in British Israel
Why and What is British-Israel?
byÂ Firth A. Hubbell, Canadian British-Israel Association
The federation emphasizes God's plan for the restoration of this earth, which begins with the fall of man and ends with his ultimate restoration to God's blessing.Â This is the unifying theme which runs through the whole Bible and is the story of God's Will being translated into action through His Servant People, Israel, through His Son, Jesus Christ and, His Church.
The British - Israel - World Federation is not a denomination nor a sect.Â It has been in existence as a coordinated body since 1919.Â Prior to this time there were in existence numerous British-Israel associations and councils, and their branches, which had been formed during the previous century in the British Isles, Canada, U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
From 1830 - 1900 many books, pamphlets and periodicals were published and lectures given on the subject by such men as John Wilson, E. W. Bird, Edward Hine, Rev. F. R. A. Glover, Rev. W. M. H. Milner M. A., Rev. A. B. Grimaldi. M. A., Dr. George Moore and Professor Piazzi Smythe F. R. S.S. Astronomer Royal of Scotland, in the British Isles, and such as Rev. Dr. Joseph Wild, Dr. William Pascoe Goard and Professor Totten of Yale University, in Canada and the U.S.A.
In 1919 all British-Israel associations and councils were amalgamated with London as the Centre, to form a world-wide Federation, H.R.H. Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, becoming the chief patron of the new Federation, until her death in 1981.
Early References to British-Israel Knowledge
Earlier reference to this teaching may be found. A few references are included here.
In "Le Triomphe de la Providence et de la Religion" by the learned scholar, Dr. Abbadie, and published in Amsterdam in 1723, is expressed the view that the Northern European tribes, from which the English derive, are the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel
In 1671 a pamphlet issued in Nether Dutch stated that the English-speaking people were Israel.
In the time of Cromwell (c. 1647) a political reform movement, called the Levellers, sought reforms which threatened the dictator's power. Both Everard and Winstanley, prominent Levellers, are mentioned in connection with the belief in the Israelitish origin of the Saxon and kindred peoples. Everard stated that "all the liberties of the people were lost by the coming of William the Conqueror and that ever since, the people of God had lived under tyranny and oppression worse than that of our Forefathers under the Egyptians."
King James V1 of Scotland, and 1 of England, claimed that the Lord had made him King over ISRAEL, and upon the gold coin of his day, called the Jacobus, he had inscribed in Latin the prophecy of Ezekiel 37:22 "I will make of them one nation."
In 1590 Lelayer, a French Magistrate, issued a large volume entitled "The Lost Ten Tribes Found" stating that they formed the then English peoples. ("Petite Parisien" June 24th, 1913)
Queen Elizabeth 1 was known as the "Light of Israel" and Sir Francis Drake in a letter to John Fox asked for prayers "that we might have continual peace in Israel."
Vincenzio Galilei, father of the famous astronomer, in writing about the origin of the harp in Ireland mentions the native Irish tradition that they had descended from the Royal Prophet David. 1581.
The 33rd Law of King Alfred the Great reads, for "Vex thou not comers from afar and strangers, for remember, ye were once strangers in Egypt."(9th Century)
Dr. Moses Margouliouth, a Jewish scholar of the 19th Century, in his History of the Jews said, "It may not be out of place to state that the Isles afar off mentioned in the 31st chapter of Jeremiah were supposed by the ancients to be Britannia, Scotia and Hibernia".
An interesting modern reference is to be found in the declaration of principles given in the United Israel Bulletin, a non-Christian, Jewish publication of April 1951 -- "We believe that the Ten Tribes of Israel exist within the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic-Scandinavian-American people and that they in fact constitute them and that they are Hebrews in the same sense that Judah, Benjamin and Levi with the Jewish people are Israelites."
Â The British - Israel Movement seeks to reinstate the whole Bible as the authoritative guide, the one true light, for the individual, the nation and the world. We protest against Modernism, which destroys confidence in the Bible as the Word of God, making it of no authority to those outside the Church.
3. MOSES, CHILDREN OF
Since the descendants of Moses are called Levites as early as I Chron. xxiii. 14, and since, furthermore, according to Ex. xxxiv. 10, God promised Moses to do "marvels" unto him, it is easy to see how the "children of Moses" ("Bene Mosheh") were identified with the Levites who are glorified in the midrash cited above and how the history of these Levites appeared henceforth in the best-known traditions as the early accounts of the Bene Mosheh. This promise given to Moses is glossed as follows in the so-called Targum of Jonathan: "From thee shall proceed hosts of the pious, and I shall exalt them above all thy people when they shall go in captivity to the waters of Babylon; I will remove them thence and make them to dwell beyond the River Samba ion" (comp. also Num. R. xli.).
Poetic justice demanded for the heroic past of the Bene Mosheh and for the merits of their great ancestor, Moses a larger recompense than the mere promise of God not to forget Jerusalem and to bring them home with the other exiles, as the two midrashim state. Hence was evolved the gradual tendency to represent the life and position of the Bene Mosheh as perfect, and to localize their dwelling-place beyond the mythical Samba ion in the vicinity of the Four, or Ten, Lost Tribes.Â