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
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
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