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Richard Brothers (December 25, 1757–January 25, 1824) was an early believer and teacher of British Israelism, a theory concerning the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.
Eitan Bar-Yosef, “Christian Walks to Jerusalem: English
Protestant Culture and the Emergence of Vernacular
Orientalism,” from The Holy Land in English Culture,
1799-1917: Palestine and the Question of Orientalism,
Oxford University Press, 2005. (excerpt)
Source material, “The Royal Banner or Ensign of the Hebrews” (image)
Source material, “The King’s Palace,” 1805, by John Finleyson (image)
Source material, “President of the Elders in his Robes & Coronet,” (image)
Source material, “Palace Square” (image)
British Israelism (also called Anglo-Israelism) is a pseudoarchaeological belief that the people of the British Isles are “genetically, racially, and linguistically the direct descendants” of the Ten Lost Tribes of ancient Israel. Numerous British Israelite organizations were set up throughout the British Empire as well as in the United States from the 1870s onward; a number of these organizations are independently active as of the early 21st century. In America, the idea gave rise to the Christian Identity movement.
Article: British Israelism (wikipedia.org)
Michael Barkun, Religion and the Racist Right: The Origins of the Christian
Identity Movement. University of North Carolina Press, 1997. (jstor.org)
U.S. CHRISTIAN EVANGELISM
“The End of Days: How Christian Zionism is Transforming US Policy
in the Middle East,” GroundTruth, WGBH News, 2019. (podcast, npr.org)
Jonathan Brenneman & Aidan Orly, “Progressives Can’t Ignore Role of Christian
Zionism in Colonization of Palestine,” op-ed, Truthout, 2021. (truthout.org)