Here we will look at a section of William Greig’s 1878 book Anglo-Israel: A Lecture — in which he connects the Israelite colonies in Tarshish as a launching point for further migrations up into the British Isles and Ireland.
In a previous article, we discussed recent archeological discoveries have provided ample evidence that ancient Israelites established colonies in Tarshish — now modern Spain — as the location of King Solomon’s mines — which provided much needed valuable gold and silver — which were not available in the Kingdom of Israel — to build his legendary temple (1 Kings 6).
The shipping of precious metals in the Mediterranean basin at that time was largely controlled by the Phoenicians — whose main port cities of Sidon and Tyre — originally settled by Canaanites — with Sidon named after Noah’s grandson from Ham.
Later these coastal lands were conquered by the Israelites — and from then on were known as Phoenicia — though Homer in the Illiad refers to them as “Sidonians.”
And as Steven Collins, in his book The ‘Lost’ Ten Tribes of Israel….Found! writes,
“When historians refer to the Phoenician Empire and its international power and influence around 1,000 to 700BC, they are actually identifying the empire of Israel to which Tyre and Sidon were allied” (p. 76).
We mention this history of the Phoenicians simply because those who object to the theory that the Israelites settled in Spain — and then the British Isles — are wont to claim that it was the Phoenicians, not the Israelites who did so — which Greig points out — yet these two peoples were very much closely allied.
See L. Waddell’s 1924 book, The Phoenician Origin of Britons, Scots, and Anglo-Saxons.
For example, Carthage, on the northern coast of Africa was another major port city on the Mediterranean settled by the Phoenicians but also had an irrefutable Israelite presence — the evidence of which Steven Collins spells out in detail in Chapter 5 of The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel….Found! — a must-read.
And many linguists now acknowledge that the Phoenician language was virtually identical to ancient Hebrew — and Syro-Phoenician inscriptions have been discovered in pre-Columbian North America.
Linguistically, we can connect the Hebrew-speaking Phoenicians — and Israelites in Tarshish — with the ancient Scots and Irish — the similarities and parallels between Gaelic and Hebrew cannot be dismissed as mere “coincidence” — also see Thomas Stratton’s 1872 book, The Affinity Between the Hebrew Language and the Celtic.
And just to be clear, the settlement of the British Isles and Ireland happened over many centuries with different waves of migration — some by sea, as Greig points out, but much more by land — from the Near East, up through the Caucasus Mountains, then following the major rivers like the Danube to the west.
Spain was also settled in waves — by the Phoenicians and Israelites by sea, but also by the Celts and Goths by land — and it was only much later that the Iberian Peninsula was conquered by the arabic Moors, aided and abetted by the Sephardic Jews — who were not legitimately related to the original Israelites who settled Iberia — and after whom it is named.
Now we will look at a portion of William Greig’s lecture — which was in response to a previous lecture given by a Professor Campbell who attempted to refute the British-Israel Identity doctrine — from Anglo-Israel: A Lecture, 1878, p.16-17, 18:
The Professor [Campbell] says, “How the Danites made their way from Media, nobody knows.” I think it would be hard to prove that the whole of the tribes of Dan and Asher ever were in Media. Even in the days of Deborah and Barak, Dan is said to have remained in ships, and Asher by the sea, instead of going up to fight against Jabin, (see Judges 5 and 17).
Philo, Josephus, Seneca, and Cicero, mention a Hebrew colony in Spain; and Tarshish was supposed to be in Spain, but has also been with very great show of reason located in Britain, (see Isaiah 66:19-20, and Isaiah 60:9):
“And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations.”
“Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish, first to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy Gcd, and to the Holy one of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.”
Various renderings have been given of the word Tarshish: It is said, that when resolved into its elements, “Tar” and “shish” signifies bright, or white round about, a name which may have been applied to England in ancient times because of the whiteness of its cliffs on the southern coast.
Etymology teaches us that “Tar” implies round about, a border, and “shish” signifies white marble, bright, shining — appearances which present themselves to every voyager coming from the south to England. A learned Jew being asked to interpret the Word, gave it as his opinion, that it meant Tin Islands.
Solomon had a navy of Tarshish, which brought Gold, and Silver, Ivory, Apes, and Peacocks, we also know that Tin was used by Solomon, and even by Moses, in the sacred utensils. Tartessus, in Spain, was rich in silver and gold, (see Pliny’s Natural History,Vol.3. p. 3); and apes and ivory could easily be obtained from the opposite coast of Africa; and who does not know that the ancient Phoenicians traded to England for tin? In Ezekiel 27:12 we read of Tyre:
“Tarshish was thy merchant, by reason of the multitude of ail kind of riches, with silver, iron, tin and lead, (all productions of Britain),they traded in thy fairs.”
The Jesuit father Vilipandus, states that a stone had been found at Sagantum, having an inscription in Hebrew characters sculptured upon it, running thus: “This is the tomb of Adoniram, the servant of King Solomon, who came to collect tribute, and died here.”
And in 1 Kings 4:6, mention is made of Adoniram, who filled the post of collector of taxes. If, then, Hebrew colonies were already in Spain — and Jonah was at one time in a ship of Tarshish sailing from Joppa, a seaport of Dan — what more likely than that fugitives in great numbers both from Dan and Asher, found their way there, and ultimately to Ireland or Britain?
Tacitus and Strabo both say that the men of Wales resemble the people of Spain, and they conclude they were Iberians. Prichard, in his Vol. III., p. 121 and 122, gives a list of similar names occurring both in Britain and Spain, which at least proves that there was direct historical connection between the two countries.
C. M. Kennedy, in a paper read before the Ethnological Society, July 8, 1857, “On the Ethnology of the ancient Britons,” says, “That the Irish Gael came originally from Spain, is a fact substantiated by history as well as by tradition, and now may be further proved by those reasonings, which Ethnology teaches us to have recourse to, in investigating the origin of nations.
Not only do the Irish historians and traditions assert this fact, but the Spanish also; and still more the earliest English writers: for Nennius distinctly declares it; therefore I think there was no necessity for the Professor’s witty story of the sailor alighting on the deck at the captain’s feet, after a fall from the rigging, and on being asked where he came from, answered, from the north of Ireland, Sir — to shew that if the tribe of Dan came to Ireland at ail, it came in as round about a fashion…
It may also be considered evidence of there having been a Hebrew colony in England, that one of the oldest port towns in Cornwall is called by a Hebrew name ” Marazion,” and another, Port Isaac; and in Lloyd’s 1584 [Historie of Cambria, Now Called Wales] are found three old British Kings named Solomon.
…Some have said if this [Israel Identity] doctrine be true, how is it that our commentators in ail past ages have failed to discover it?
The answer is simple. The time had not come. It required that history should develop itself, before God’s hand in history could be seen and understood by us. The things which God hath revealed (either by his inspired messengers or by history) belong to us and to our children, and we do no violence to sacred things when we compare them with God’s dealings with the Nations. Does it seem strange that this idea is only now beginning to gain ground ?
Were not the rocks in existence ages before the eighteenth century, and yet the science of Geology was in a manner till then unknown? Were not the planets revolving through space for myriads of years, and yet the laws of gravitation were not understood before the days of Sir Isaac Newton? Was not the lightning seen, and its terrible effects felt, and yet its power as the swift-winged messenger was undiscovered until the days of Franklin? Was not steam known to the Ancients, and yet its power as a propeller of machinery was almost unknown until the days of Watt and Stephenson?
There were as few barriers in the way of discovering these arts and sciences ages ago, as there is today, and yet they were not discovered; but we are now apparently come to the time of the end, spoken of by Daniel, when “many shall run to and fro,” (as in our railways and steamboats), and knowledge shall be increased,” (as we see it is today by our telegraphs, telephones and printing presses); and as there are in nature vast fields yet unexplored, so there are in God’s word hidden treasures, which the wisdom of man has hitherto failed to discover.
Source: Anglo-Israel: A Lecture, by William Greig, 1878, p.16-17, 18
“They [the Western Isles of Britain and Ireland] were peopled by descendants of the Hebrew Race.”
—Ptolemy (100 – 170AD), Roman geographer, astronomer, mathematician
May I suggest you all read “The Drama of the Lost Disciples” by George Jowett , excellently researched book, I cannot recommend enough fellas !!
It documents the Israelites being in Britain going as far back as the post-Exodus period .
The only thing I disagree with is that Fowett says the Jews are of Judah , which we all know is wrong.
Thanks for the reminder. I’m familiar with the content of Jowett’s book, though I have not read it. Some claim that he makes a lot of unsubstantiated claims, such as Paul having been in Britain.
There’s something to Jowett’s thesis, but the history is just very difficult to really substantiate. I have to wonder how much archeological evidence has been lost or hidden from the public about Britain’s early Christian settlements.
Whether Joseph of Arimathea was actually in Britain at the time of Christ is not something that I feel is crucial to our Identity beliefs, though as a tin trader it makes sense, and I wouldn’t dismiss the idea outright.
What’s important to me is that it’s obvious that Christianity reached Britain far earlier than any other European nation, as early as the Roman occupation, which makes sense considering Christianity arose during the height of the Roman Empire.
Many believe that the many references to the “Isles” in the Old Testament refer to the British Isles, and those “Isles” are associated with mining in some cases. If not the British Isles, what “Isles” could these be a reference to? The Greek Isles perhaps? But those Isles seem to be in the West, west of Greece.
But I do believe the fact that Christianity first took hold in the British Isles is significant and not a coincidence. And given how far it is from the Levant makes it even more remarkable.
It’s conceivable to me that “Iberia” is a cognate of Eber. The “Sepharad” term that Jews call Spain has no basis behind it whatsoever, and neither does the “Ashkenaz” term they call Germany.
Did you mean to write “inconceivable”? Otherwise your comment doesn’t really make sense.
No, I made no error. Conceivable implies that I find a theory plausible, but I use caution in presenting it as a fact (there was an Iberia in the Caucasus as well after all). I contrast that with the Jews identifying Ashkenaz as Germany and Sepharad as Spain. I have good reason to believe that those connections are false and are used to obscure their own origins.
Ah, well, it also makes sense that there is an Iberia in the Caucasus because the lost tribes of Israel passed through those mountains, through the “Pass of Israel” as they migrated up into Europe.
And I agree, I don’t believe there’s any legitimate connection between the Ashkenazi and Ashkenaz in the Bible, but that may be where the word comes from, at least the etymology is the same. But I do think it’s ironic that the Ashkenazi coined the term “Nazi” to describe their enemies.
Soldier of Christ
Proof that white europeans are the lost tribes of israel:
Here are the words from the demons themselves how they lie about ‘Israel’…h ow they are controlling the total destruction of true Christian faith…ie Europe and America (as we are witnessing now). To call Jesus Christ ‘Edom’ and His followers ‘Edom’…they cast their own identity onto the true Israelites.
To THINK that this scum forced their way into Europe and America…have ruined it…and now call for our destruction.
Just like they did to Germany.
This is by far THE MOST SATANIC SUBHUMAN DUNG ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
Jews have helped alien invasions of nations that they live in as guests going back almost 2,000 years, starting with Persia where they helped the Islamic takeover. Spain and Portugal too. We never learn.
From “Horae Britannicae,” by John Hughes, 1819, vol. i. p. 12-14:
“And the first is the Cymry, or Cymbrians; these came over from the German ocean, which they call Mor Taweh, or the hazy ocean, from the land of Hav, or the summer country, which, no doubt, was Asia. These came under the command of Hu Gadarn…he conducted the Cymry to Britain…
The second was the Lloegrwys, Loegrians, or Ligurois, who came from the land of Gwasgwyn, and were sprung from the race of the Cymry. The third was the Brython, or the Britons, who came from the land of Llydaw, (Letavia, Armorica, or Bas Bretagne) and were also sprung from the primordial race of the Cymry.”
Paul Michael O'Donohoe
Some of the things I have noticed is the statue of King David in Jerusalem – David is with his harp, as I like Celtic harp music. I noticed how similar the Celtic harp and the King David harp is.
In ancient bardic ceremonies the harp was a prominent Celtic instrument. King David in welsh is “brenin dafydd” – both david and dafydd have same meaning described as a very ancient name. I decided to look at place names in Wales in my region – there is a place called Hebron, and a Nazareth, Bethlehem – there is also a Sinai – you get the idea.
Jacob’s pillow aka the Stone of Destiny made its way to Britain. I read an article about it – Jacob lay on a stone pillow and had a dream about stairway to heaven and the angels. Like Jacob, I have had those same dreams – the stairway to heaven and the angels.
Cornwall is the most heavily mined area in Britain due to rich tin deposits and other valuable minerals. Britain was also called Albion.
Loughrew County Meath is the supposed burial mount of Jeremiah the Old Testament prophet…there is hieroglyphics depicting a boat journey via Tanis also in Kilkenny there is a road called the Hebron road…
And also the proper Irish flag… green background with a gold harp embossed…
Also Ireland is littered with monasteries and the famous island of the coast of Kerry Skellig Michael which became famous in the filming star wars movie…
One thing for sure is JESUS CHRIST KING OF KINGS, our only hope going forward in these dark days…
Anyhow that’s all for now, not many places where there is even an interest in this epic and true story of how it all happened.
Thank you for this site, great stuff….
Paul Michael O'Donohoe
My ancestors on my father’s side are Irish, part of an ancient clan Ó Donnchadha.
There have been many variations, but they all belong to the same original clan – my clan seat of power was Castle Ross in Killarney, County Kerry
I’ve read this criticism of Israel Identity often….that it’s only a recent phenomenon. If it’s true, how did we not know about it earlier? How did the Catholic Church not know it?
But major discoveries in archeology of the Near East didn’t occur until the 19th century, and those stone tablets revealed many truths that had remained hidden for thousands of years.
Same is true with the study of linguistics, which found undeniable connections between Welsh and the ancient Israelite Khumrys, for example.
And still it’s an uphill battle, because mainstream academia is paid to not discover and obfuscate these truths.
Let’s face it, the Jews in Israel now have a stranglehold on all archeology of that area, and they will not allow anything that contradicts their narrative.
I have yet to meet a mainstream Christian who has any idea where the European peoples came from. Nor do they think it’s important. I truly believe that only a small remnant of Christians who are willing to humble themselves to the truth will ever understand the truth history of our people.
You will never know the truth judging by how popular it is or what the “experts” believe.
This is a great documentary as it is not made by a Christian Identity personality. So, no accused bias. Not sure if CFT has this in their library —
“Europeans are the Lost Tribes of Israel — a rare documentary”
“though Homer in the Illiad refers to them as ‘Sidonians.'”
How does this jibe with the theory that Homer’s works were written about greeks living in Scandinavia?
Back then, the Jews used slaves to mine the gold & silver, stealing it from wherever they could find a mine.
Now they steal wealth easily, by owning Central Banks.