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British Israelites

Those who hold that the British and American peoples are part of the ten “lost” tribes of Israel. Sometimes known as Anglo-Israelism, the idea probably originated with John Sadler (Rights of the Kingdom, 1649), but in its modern form it dates from John Wilson's book Our Israelitish Origin (1840). The first Anglo-Saxon Association was founded in England in 1879. [[British Israelites]] vary in their views, but the following is typical. The kingdom, though promised to David's seed in perpetuity, failed to survive in Israel so that we must look for its continuance elsewhere. The connection with England is through Zedekiah's daughters (Jer. 41:10), who escaped death in Egypt (Jer. 44:12-14) and took root elsewhere (Isa. 37:31f.), that is, in Ireland, one of the “isles of the sea” (Jer. 31:10), to which they sailed in a ship with Jeremiah. From Ireland they or their progeny reached England and became the royal house. The common people reached England after much continental wandering, being