House of Israel -- The Connecting Evidence
Over the last year I began an in-depth study of the ancient cuneiform alphabet of Medo-Persia, Babylon, and Assyria, in an effort to find THE EXACT LINK OF CONNECTING EVIDENCE: historic, archaeological proof of our identity. Through this study of early clay monuments and tablets, I have discovered what may be some of the most exciting proofs of our heritage as Israel that have been found in many years. This new research is strong historical proof for our belief.
First, without getting too technical, language study proves that the Assyrian term, Khumri, denoting the House of Israel, translates exactly into the Babylonian term, Gimiri, which scholars agree represents the early European Cimmerians or Anglo-Saxons. For example, there is no letter K in Babylonian, and the Assyrian K or KH is ordinarily converted into a G in Babylonian. There is no U in Babylonian, so the Assyrian U is ordinarily converted into either the letter I or O, and so on. The Israelite-Khumri are identical to the Anglo-Saxon-Gimiri.
The proofs do not end there. The Bible tells us in 2 Kings 17:6 that the House of Israel was exiled to "Halah, Habor, and the cities of the Medes." However, the Median Empire was a big place, stretching over two to three thousand miles at the zenith of its rule. Does the Bible give us clues as to exactly where in Media the House of Israel was exiled? Yes, in fact, it does. The apocryphal book of TOBIT tells the account of one of the Hebrew exiles of the tribe of Naphtali during the captivity. Where was he was living? In chapter one, he tells us that "a great multitude of his kindred, " exiles of the House of Israel, were settled in the area around the Median city of RAGES. (Tobit 1:16-17) A map of Media shows us that Rages was located south of the Caspian Sea, and just west of the border of Parthia.
An excellent book on the subject of Parthia and its Hebrew settlement was recently published by Steven M. Collins, entitled, Parthia: The Forgotten Ancient Superpower And Its Role In Biblical History. It tells about the Hebrew wise-men called the Magi, of the Davidic descent of the Parthian royal family, and much other interesting and important matter related to our identity. I won't dwell on that because you can read all about it in the excellent book. Rages was located in the region of a Median province known to our modern history books as Sagartia. Is there evidence of a Hebrew presence there, as Tobit says? Yes, indeed!
Since the Babylonian letter G converts into the Assyrian K, the word, Sagartia, could be written as SAKARTIA, showing the presence of the Saka, or sons of Isaac. The leading vowel was often not written in Semitic languages, so Isaac could be written as Sak or Saka. What really caught my attention was that in the cuneiform language, Sagartia was often written as "Asagarda." Researching this, I found an article by Sir Henry Rawlinson, the famous and well-respected 19th century archaeologist, linguist, and translator of the Behistun Rock. He stated that the Median province of Asagarda was identical to Asgard, the homeland of the early European tribes. Quoting Sir Henry Rawlinson, "...it is at any rate worthy of remark, that the Scandinavian nations, whose Eastern origin is unquestionable, retained in their mythology the name of Asgard... It may be presumed then... that the Scandinavian races ...sprang from the country of Asagarta... " You may remember from your history books that the early Anglo-Saxon-Gothic peoples had a hero-king named Odin, who led them most of the way on their journey from a place called Asgard into Western Europe and Scandinavia. The name, Odin or Adon, in fact, is purely Semitic. It is a title meaning "lord," rather than a name, and is the root of the Hebrew word for "Lord," Adonai. It is related to the Adonis of Greek mythology. Webster's Dictionary, in fact, says that Adonis' "source is undoubtedly Semitic."
Interestingly, the legends recalling the journey of these Anglo-Israel tribes from Sagartia were called "sagas," their wise men were known as "sages," and the priest in charge of worship was called the "sagan."
There has long been evidence to show a connection between the early Anglo-Saxons and the land of Media. For example, the 19th century Anglo-Saxon historian, Sharon Turner, wrote that there were literally hundreds of Median words in the Anglo-Saxon vocabulary. Mr. W.H. Bennett, in his book, Symbols Of Our Celto-Saxon Heritage also gives evidence from heraldry of the Israel-Celto-Saxon connection.
History books will tell you, of course, that Asgard's location is unknown and must have been somewhere in Eastern Europe; but we now have definite factual evidence to show instead that Asgard, the birthplace of the Anglo-Saxon race, was in Media. In addition to that, I nearly jumped out of my chair when I read a Medo-Persian text in which Asagarda was written as ISAGARDA [a compound of ISAAC-GARDA]. Scripture prophecies in Genesis 21:12, Romans 9:7, and Hebrews 11:18 all tell us, "in Isaac shall your descendants be named, " and here was the name of Isaac in an ancient cuneiform text from the region of Sagartia in Media, the place of their exile! The Semitic word, gard or kart, means a tribal region or settlement. For example, the real name of Carthage was Kartago, meaning "new settlement. " So Isagarda literally means, "The Isaac-sons Tribal Settlement, " and it was located exactly in the birthplace of the "Saxon" race! We now have the evidence we have long sought, definite historical proof linking lost Israel to the Anglo-Saxons. This may be one of the most important discoveries of our time concerning our identity.
Again the proofs do not end there. The Bible in 2 Kings 17:6 states that the Israelites were exiled to a place called Habor, or Chabor (with the Hebrew guttural pronunciation of the leading vowel.) Archaeologists have not yet proven its exact location; several leading scholars believe that it lies on the upper banks of the Tigris River, on the border of Armenia in northern Mesopotamia. By no coincidence, a cuneiform document states that a people called the Saka dwelled at that time on the upper reaches of the Tigris River. So again, a branch of the Saka, or early Saxons, originated in the exact same place, and at the exact time, as a branch of the exiled Israelites, the "Isaac-sons"!
Yet again, the proofs do not end there. As these Saka, Saxons, or exiled Isaac-sons, migrated north into Europe, they passed through the Caucasus Mountain region, leaving place-names as they went. Today the English-speaking world refers to the nation located in the Caucasus as "Georgia." However, that country is actually known to its people as, "SAKARTVELO." I mentioned this in the introductory chapter to The Story Of Celto-Saxon Israel and that this name indicated the one-time presence of the Saka, or sons of Isaac. At the time I had not yet researched the meaning of the rest of the name. It is a three-part compound: Sak-Kart-Velo. The Semitic word, kart, means a tribal region or settlement. The word, VELO, is very interesting. It comes from an Indo-European root and means, "hidden, obscure, or lost." So the compound name, Sakartvelo, may be translated into English as: "the lost tribes of Isaac-sons"! The residents of Sakartvelo call themselves, "Kartvelians," which literally means, "lost tribers"! There are still some remnants of Israel left behind in those mountains as the bulk of Israel moved on into Europe.
Much more wonderful information will be given in a book containing new proofs of the Anglo-Israel connection; to be published next year. A second book will give evidence of our belief among early writers and scholars from 300 BC to 1800 AD, including Celtic scholar Gildas the Wise, (a contemporary of King Arthur), John Sadler (Oliver Cromwell's pastor), Huguenot scholar Jacques Abbadie (considered the greatest Protestant scholar in the world in his time), and many others. This book will be titled, Founded On Faith: Early Anglo-Israel Belief.
It will also incorporate a book by a Lutheran minister named Johannes Eurenius, published in 1751 in Sweden. After sending the text to a Swedish translation service by registered mail and hearing nothing for a couple of weeks, I was a little concerned. At last she sent an excited email saying, "I am extremely interested in the content... he speaks of my origin... I will [translate] it for free!" She was foregoing a fee of a couple thousand dollars to translate it, but the book is so good, and the Swedish translator so excited to learn of her identity as Israel, that she is doing the translation work at no charge. Now that is the mark of a good book: one that can enthuse and convince someone who knew nothing before about what we teach. This translator also said that the book has caused her to take an interest in reading her Bible again. No surprise there: The Bible becomes a new book when read in light of Anglo-Israel truth!
You may bemoan how few today know these truths. Just remember that truth cannot remain hidden forever. Luke 8:17 tells us, "For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. " Our goal as the Servant People is to disseminate truth and enlighten YEHOVAH's people to a knowledge of their heritage and responsibilities. In years to come, we will continue to do research and publishing of books, tracts, and website articles so that when the time comes that YEHOVAH again opens the minds and hearts of His people, we will be prepared. I pray that YEHOVAH God will richly bless the efforts of this organization, and that the Servant People will be used in even more important and wonderful ways throughout the years to come. And may YEHOVAH God also richly bless the efforts of all British-Israel groups and individuals here and everywhere as we sow the seed of truth and await YEHOVAH's timing in the revealing of our heritage, mission, and Divine destiny.
-- Jory Steven Brooks
Hope of Israel
P.O. Box 853
Azusa, CA 91702, U.S.A.