Book Review: Israel In Britain

Israel In Britain:  A Brief Statement Of The Evidences In Proof Of The Israelitish Origin Of The British Race, by Colonel Garnier

I happen to be a subscriber to a service that sends books out of print to me on a daily basis [1], and yesterday night I was sent a book that I found particularly interesting about a subject I do not write about often, if at all.  The author, apparently an officer in the British army who was born in the second quarter of the 19th century, was fond of writing books about ancient history on pagan customs that had been smuggled into Christianity as well as the Pyramid [2].  I have never heard of him, but he is the sort of writer that exists in the same sort of circles that I am familiar with, and one whose writings about the biblical and historical arguments for the Israelitish origin of the English speaking nations is one that I am extremely familiar with, even if this particular author is not familiar.  Even if his work is far too broad to be associated with mere British Israelitism, this book was likely a source for later writers, or at least it was a part of the same body of writing that later writers who wrote about such matters would be familiar.

The contents of this book are very short–only about 50 pages–and this book lives up to its name in a way that few books do.  This book is brief and it focuses on the evidences in proof of the Israelitish origin of the English speaking peoples of the UK, the United States, and the various settler colonies.  In the roughly 50 pages of this book, there are seven short chapters.  The first two chapters, which take up less than 20 pages, look at the biblical picture of Israel, and the statement, which I have read repeated in other books and booklets, that there are no other nations in the world aside from the UK and US that fit the promises for the tribe of Joseph.  The author then spends the next five chapters looking at familiar (at least to those who are familiar with this material to begin with) areas like the Scythians and Massagetae, the Scythian migration to Western Europe, and the Belgae in Britain and Ireland, as well as Scotland (connecting Alba to the name Albania, pointing to a transit through the Caucasus) and then concludes with a discussion about Israel being sifted through the nations, as evidenced by its travels.  The end result is a book that fulfills its promise of being brief and thoughtful, with a mixture of sound examination of Norse proto-history, ancient migrations, and biblical exegesis.

It is easy to see why a book like this would be forgotten–it gives a message that many people simply do not want to hear.  The author’s statements about the tribes of Israel somehow remaining ethnically pure and avoiding intermarriage do not wear well in our own contemporary age, to be sure, even if this book is less strident and offensive in its racism than many books of its type, and far more interested in areas of textual analysis.  This book does not in any way exhaust the evidence that could be found, although comments about the shepherding and cattleraising nature of the Israelite tribes as they wandered through Central Asia and the steppes towards Western Europe is one aspect of the evidence that is particularly interesting.  If you have any interest in the development of ideas about the origin of Great Britain and the United States in the tribes of Israel, this book provides a useful discussion of those ideas that is brief, and that may encourage future reading.  For some reason, and I have a shrewd guess, the subject of the migrations was enough to make this immensely obscure book a part of the holdings at Brigham Young University in Utah–clearly the Mormons have their own ideas about the migrations of Israel, but those ideas make them interested in preserving history books from writers of other traditions, so they have that in their favor, to be sure.

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12 Responses to Book Review: Israel In Britain

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  2. Adrian says:

    What book service do you subscribe to that sends you these types of books? I love British Israel history. One of my all-time favorite subjects. 🙂

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