Anglo-Israel Truth: Is It A New Doctrine?

By: Matthew Dyer

The Anglo-Israel truth, what is it? Well, in a nutshell the Anglo-Israel message is the belief that the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Germanic, Scandinavian and kindred peoples are descendants of the Israelites of the Bible, and heirs of the promises of the Abrahamic covenant, instead of the common held belief that the modern day Jewish people are Israel.

This is because the identification marks in the Bible for true Israel do not match with the modern day Jews, so there must be another option if the Bible is true. This tract is not meant to lay out the reasons the Anglo-Saxon people are Israel, but rather give some history of people who have believed this to show you this isn’t some new doctrine just now raising it’s head, but been around for some time and believed by many.

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In the 6th century A.D. the early British historian Gildas (The Wise) wrote in his records now known as On the Ruin & Conquest of Britain during the era when the pagan Saxons were invading Christian Celtic Britain said this:

“After this, sometimes our countrymen, sometimes the enemy, won the field, to the end that our Lord might in this land try after his accustomed manner these his Israelites, whether they loved him or not, until the year of the siege of Mount Badon.”

· In the 8th century A.D. King Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, England declared in what is known as The Law Code of King Alfred the Great, which is the largest and best preserved piece of Anglo-Saxon legal documentation said this referring to the English:

“Be ye kind to the stranger within thy gates, for ye [English people] were strangers in the land of the Egyptians.”

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Declaration of Arbroath

· In 1320 A.D. the Scottish noblemen and King Robert the Bruce wrote up what is known as the Scottish Declaration of Independence (or Declaration of Arbroath) and said this concerning the Scots ancestry:

“We know, Most Holy Father and Lord, and from the chronicles and books of the ancients gather, that among other illustrious nations, ours, to wit the nation of the Scots has been distinguished by many honours; which passing from the greater Scythia through the Mediterranean Sea and Pillars of Hercules, and sojourning in Spain among the most savage tribes through a long course of time, could nowhere be subjugated by any people however barbarous and coming thence one thousand two hundred years after the outgoing of the people of Israel, they, by many victories and infinite toil, acquired for themselves the possessions in the West, which they now hold in their kingdom one hundred thirteen kings of their own royal stock, no stranger intervening, have reigned.”

· In 1590 A.D. French Huguenot Counsellor Le Loyer wrote in his The Ten Lost Tribes Found this:

“The Israelites came to and founded the English Isles.”

· Sir France Drake, who lived between 1540 & 1596 wrote to Rev. John Foxe and made this comment concerning England:

“God may be glorified, His church, our Queen and country preserved, the enemies of truth vanquished; that we might have continued peace in Israel. Our enemies are many but our protector commandeth the whole earth.”

· In 1614 A.D. Adriaan van der Schrieck wrote this concerning the Gauls and Germans:

..the Netherlanders with the Gauls and Germans together in the earliest times were called Celts who are come out of the Hebrews.”

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Pastor John Cotton

In 1630 A.D. Pastor John Cotton, a Puritan Clergyman, preached a farewell sermon to his Puritan brethren leaving for the New World from 2nd Samuel 7:10, which was a prophecy about Israel having a new land, and given while they were still in Palestine, and in that sermon by Cotton he said this:

“Go forth with a publick spirit, have a tender care to your children, that they doe not degenerate as the Israelites did.”

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· In 1682 A.D. John Saddler in his book Rights of the Kingdom or Customs of our Kings and Parliaments advocated the Israelitish origins of the English.

· In 1723 A.D. Dr. Jacques Abaddie said this in his book Le Triomphe de la Providence et de la Religion:

“Unless the Ten Tribes of Israel are flown into the airor sunk into the earththey must be those ten Gothic Tribes that entered Europe

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· In 1761 A.D. famous Bible Concordance Compiler Alexander Cruden said this on the dedication to the English King :

“May the great God be the guide of your life, and direct and prosper you, that it may be said by the present and future ages, that King George the Third hath been an Hezekiah to our British Israel.”

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Pastor William Smith

·In 1775 A.D. a sermon preached by Pastor William Smith, first provost of the College of Philadelphia, referred to the British & American people as “British Israel” indicating that he believed the British & Anglo-Saxon and kindred people were Israel.

· In 1783 A.D. Pastor Ezra Stiles, 7th president of Yale University, preached a sermon and pointed out the similarities of the people who formed the United States and the Israel people and nation of the Bible. In that sermon he called the country “God’s American Israel”.

A few notable authors, preachers, and teachers of the Anglo-Israel Truth.
(***This list is currently being expanded. Many more names to add, along with bio’s for each person. I hope to publish a more detailed list of each person, their ministry, and details about their books and work soon.)
List updated 11/1/2021

  • Gildas, The Wise (500 – 570) thought the English to be Israelites. This was stated in his book On the Ruin & Conquest of Britain during the era when the pagan Saxons were invading Christian Celtic Britain.

  • Bernard of Kilwinning (Died 1331) authored the Declaration of Arbroath for King Robert the Bruce. The document states that the Scots came from Scythia, and from the Israel people.

  • Adriaan van der Schrieck (1560–1621) thought the Gauls and Germans were from the Hebrew people. He stated this in his book Schrieck, Adriaen Van.

  • Sir Francis Drake  (1540 –1596) referred to the English people as being Israel in a letter to John Foxe.

  • Henry Spelman (1562–1641)

  • French Huguenot Counsellor Le Loyer wrote a book titled The Ten Lost Tribes Found in 1590.

  • John Sadler (1615-1674) in his book The Kingdom or Customs of Our Ancestors identified the English people as being Israelite in origin.

  • Jakob Abbadie (1654–1727) in his book The Triumph of Providence and Religion identified the Anglo-Saxon people as Israel.

  • John Eurenius (1688–1751) in his book Atlantica Orientalis theorized that the Israelite and Nordic people were connected.

  • Alexander Cruden  (1699 – 1770) in his 2nd edition of his famous Cruden Concordance of the Bible called the English people “British Israel”.

  • Olof Von Dalin (1708 – 1763) in his book book Svea Rikes Historia Volume 1 layed out his belief in the Anglo-Saxon people being from the Israel people.

  • Rev. William Smith (1727–1803) referred to the American and British people as being “British Israel” in a 1775 sermon, later published in a book.

  • Rev. Ezra Stiles (1727 –1795) referred to American as “God’s American Israel” in a 1783 sermon.

  • Richard Brothers (1757-1824) stated his belief in the Anglo-Israel truth in his book A Revealed Knowledge of the Prophesies and Times.

  • Rev. James Hatley Frere (1779 – 1866) wrote a book A Combined View of the Prophecies of Daniel, Esdras and St John identifies the British as part of Israel.

  • Rev. John Wilson M.A. (1799 –1870) was a well known Anglo-Israel preacher, and wrote the book Our Israelitish Origins.

  • Rev. Robert Polwhele wrote the booklet The English The Descendants of the Twelve Tribes: A Lecture.

  • Dr. George Moore (1803–1880) wrote the book Lost Tribes & the Saxons of the East & the Saxons of the West.

  • Rev. Samuel Lysons (1806 –1877) wrote the book Our British Ancestors: Who & What They Were.

  • Rev. Fountain E. Pitts (1808-1874) who in 1857 delivered two sermons before a joint session of Congress in Washington D.C. where he identified the United States as the land of regathered Israel. This was also published in a book titled In Defense of Armageddon.

  • William Bennett Bond (1815–1906) was the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and a Anglo-Israel believer.

  • Rev. Hibbert Newton D. D. (1817 – 1892) wrote the book Israel Discovered in Anglo-Saxon, Protestant Kindred Nations.

  • Professor Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819–1900) wrote the book Anglo-Israel; or, The British Nation the Lost Tribes of Israel.

  • Bishop Jonathan Holt Titcomb D.D. (1819-1887) wrote the book British-Israel: How I Came to Believe It.

  • William Henry Poole (1820 – 1896) wrote the book Anglo-Israel; or, The British Nation the Lost Tribes of Israel.

  • Edward Wheeler Bird (1823-1904) was a founding member of the Anglo-Israel Association

  • Rev. Edward Hine (1825 –1891) was a well known Anglo-Israel preacher. He wrote the book Forty-seven Identifications of The British Nation with the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.

  • George Owen Barnes (1827-1908) wrote the book A Lost People and a Vanished Scepter.

  • Pastor Thomas Rosling Howlett (1827 – 1898) wrote the book Anglo-Israel, The Jewish problem.

  • John Pym Yeatman (1830–1910) wrote the book The Shemetic Origin of the Nations of Western Europe.

  • Col. John Cox Gawler (1830-1882) wrote the book Our Scythian Ancestors

  • Ferrar Fenton (1832-1920) was a Bible translator and believed in the Anglo-Israel truth

  • Dr. Joseph Wild (1834-1911) wrote the book The Lost Ten Tribes.

  • Elieser Bassin (1840–1898) wrote the book Lost Ten Tribes: Anglo-Israel by a Jew

  • Rev. Martin L. Streator M. A. (1843-1926) wrote the book The Anglo-American Alliance in Prophecy.

  • Rev. James Mountain (1844-1933) wrote the book The Triumph of British-Israel.

  • Matthew Mays Eshelman (1844-1921) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • Dr. Herbert Aldersmith (1847–1918) wrote the book The Fulness Of The Nations, or, The A B C Of The Promises Given To The House of Israel Considered In Relation To The Second Advent.

  • Richard Reader Harris (1847-1909) wrote the book The Lost Tribes of Israel.

  • J. H. Allen (1847-1930) was a well known Anglo-Israel preacher. He wrote the book Judah’s Sceptre and Joseph’s Birthright.

  • John Alexander Dowie (1847-1907) was a faith healer & founder of Zion, IL. He believed and taught the Anglo-Israel truth.

  • Aaron Merritt Mills (1848-1935) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • Edward Faraday Odlum (1850-1935) wrote the book God’s Covenant Man: British-Israel.

  • Charles Adiel Lewis Totten (1851 – 1908) wrote the book Our Race: Its Origin and Its Destiny.

  • Frank Sandford (1862–1948) taught the Anglo-Israel message after 1898, and possibly learned it after attending a meeting by John Alexander Dowie in 1897.

  • Rev. William Pascoe Goard (1863-1937) wrote many books concerning Anglo-Israel and Bible topics.

  • Henry Wellington Stough Sr. (1870-1939) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • John G. Lake (1870-1935) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • Clarence True Wilson D.D. (1872-1947) wrote the book The United States In Prophecy Or Isaiah’s Vision of Our Country.

  • Charles F. Parham (1873 -1929) founder of Pentecostalism in America, and a Anglo-Israel believer.

  • Evangelist F.F. Bosworth (1877 – 1958) was a Anglo-Israel believer. He wrote a booklet titled The Bible Distinction Between the House of Israel and the House of Judah.

  • Dr. Mordecai Ham (1877-1961) preached a sermon tilted The Need For The Anglo-Israel Truth later published in a booklet.

  • William J. Cameron (1878-1955) wrote the book Our Covenant People.

  • Daniel Paul Rader (1879-1938) was a Anglo-Israel believer.

  • Frederick Haberman (1881-1944) wrote the book Tracing Our White Ancestors.

  • Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (1883-1981) was a Anglo-Israel believer.

  • C. R. Dickey (1883-1974) wrote the book One Man’s Destiny.

  • J.O. Schaap (1887-1959) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • Pastor George Jeffreys (1889-1962) was the founder of the Elim Pentecostal Church, and a Anglo-Israel believer.

  • Howard B. Rand (1889-1991) was a lawyer, inventor, author, and head of the Anglo-Saxon Federation of America  during the 1900s.

  • Dr. Clement Llewellyn “Clem” Davies (1890-1951) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • Dr. Luke Marvin Rader (1890 -1952) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • Pastor Theodore Fitch (1893–1991) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • William Cathcart (1893-1988) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • English King George VI (1895-1952) believed that the Anglo-Saxon and kindred people were Israel. In April 6, 1996 the newspaper The Independent published a facsimile of a letter written by George VI in 1922, before he assumed the English throne. In that letter he wrote “I am sure the British Israelite business is true. I have read a lot about it lately and everything no matter how large or small points to our being ‘the chosen race”.

  • Pastor Bertrand Comparet (1901-1983) wrote many books concerning Anglo-Israel and Bible topics.

  • Pastor C. O. Stadsklev (1902-1990) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • George R. Hawtin (1909-1994) wrote the book Abrahamic Covenant.

  • Pastor Fredrick Wilhelm Cornelius Neser (1918-1994) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • E. Raymond Capt (1914-2008) wrote many books concerning Anglo-Israel and Bible topics. One being The Abrahamic Covenant.

  • Col. Jack Mohr (1916-2003) wrote many books concerning Anglo-Israel and Bible topics.

  • Frederick J. Gabler (1917-2010) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • Pastor George Southwick (1918-2006) was a Anglo-Israel preacher.

  • Pastor Earl F. Jones (1923-2001) wrote Christians Before Columbus.

  • Pastor Sheldon Emry (1926-1985) wrote many books concerning Anglo-Israel and Bible topics. One being Heirs of the Promise.

  • Pastor Peter John Peters (1946 – 2011)wrote many books concerning Anglo-Israel and Bible topics. One being The Greatest Discovery of Our Age.

  • Charles A. Weisman (1954-2016) wrote many books concerning Anglo-Israel and Bible topics.