"The Saxons" by W.H. Bennett, FRGS
A chapter from the book, "The Story Of Celto-Saxon Israel"
Following the synopsis below is an excerpt of one of the representative book chapters, but without the many illustrations provided in the book itself.
This is the story of a missing branch of Gods chosen people, the Israelites. Ten tribes of the northern Hebrew kingdom of Ephraim were conquered, taken into captivity by the Assyrians in the eighth century, B.C., and never heard from again. Jewish and Christian scholars have long speculated on their disappearance, and Christ in the New Testament alluded to their continuing existence. Where did they go?
Historian and scholar, W.H. Bennett, a long-time Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, spent over fifty years following their trail. He examined leads such as language, heraldry, culture, and prophecy fulfillment, solving at last the mystery of their disappearance from the Middle-East scene, and their identification in the world today.
This book traces Scripture and historic evidence of the Israelites from the time of Abraham, through their trials in Egypt, the Wilderness, Canaan-land, and finally culminating in their land-sea migrations westward over the centuries. In separate chapters, Mr. Bennett examines twelve early tribes who entered Europe from Asia, showing that each of them had very distinctive Hebrew-Semitic cultural evidences.
Over 175 maps, charts, and illustrations, as well as twelve valuable appendices, help tell the story of these lost Israelites. The information contained in this book is the key that will explain the fulfillment of the promises and covenants of the Bible in our world today. Nearly 250 pages (236 + xii), including 22 pages of comprehensive indexes! Published in both hardcover and softcover. Price is US$20 hardcover or US$16 softcover, plus $5 packaging/shipping. Orders may be addressed to CBIA-The Servant People, at the address at the bottom of this page, or credit card orders may be placed on our web bookshop at www.migrations.info
Following the arrival of the Cymry about 400 A.D., no important migration into Britain took place for about 800 years. During the latter part of this period, the Romans invaded and occupied part of the country, but this was a military occupation only. Few Romans settled in Britain, and all of the military forces were withdrawn about A.D. 410.
The next permanent settlers to come into Britain were the Saxons, who began to arrive from northwestern Germany and southern Denmark about the year 450. They were divided into a number of tribes, one of which, the Angles, gave us the names England and English. The Saxon invasion of Britain was bitterly resisted by the Britons. This struggle lasted for nearly two centuries, but as more and more Saxons arrived, they gradually drove most of the Britons into the northern and western parts of the country and into the Brittany area of northwest France.
As we have previously established the Israelitish identity of the ancient Britons, the question now arises, were these newcomers also Israelites? In considering this question, the first point to note is that the Saxons, who came into Britain from Germany and Denmark, were not natives of those regions. The Saxons had previously migrated to Western Europe from their former home east of the Black Sea. Historians, both ancient and modern, state that they were descended from the Sacae, a people who came into Eastern Europe from Media shortly after 700 B.C. This is certainly important, for that date is during the same period in which the Israelites were taken captive TO Media. We know that within a few years of being taken there they regained their freedom and migrated north-westward into Europe.
Thus we see that Israels grave was the Saxons birthplace, for the Saxons first appear in history coming into Eastern Europe from Media shortly after 700 B.C., and the Israelites disappeared shortly after 700 B.C. while also migrating into eastern Europe from Media. Two such large migrations at the same time and place are hardly likely; it seems obvious that they were identical, and that the Saxons were Israelites under a new name.
Leading vowels were often dropped in Semitic languages. As an example, the city of Istanbul is also known as Stambole. Historian Paul MacKendrick wrote in The Iberian Stones Speak (p.26), that the city of Lisbon on the Iberian (Spanish) Peninsula was originally known as Olisipo, and the leading vowel was dropped over time. Conversely, at the end of words, Semitic speech frequently added an aleph [letter a] to words which in Hebrew terminated with a consonant. ( Sir William Drummond, Origines, p.52) As a result, the name, Isaac, became Saca, Saka, or Sacae.
The greatest of Saxon historians, Sharon Turner, in History Of The Anglo- Saxons, (I:100-101) traced the word, Saxon to the words, Sacae-Suna, meaning the Sons of the Sacae saying, [ Roman geographer] Ptolemy mentions a Scythian people, sprung from the SAKAI, by the name of Saxones Sakai-Suna, or the Sons of the Sakai, abbreviated into Saksun, which is the same sound as Saxon, seems a reasonable etymology of the word, Saxon. One of the greatest of literary scholars, John Milton, in his History of Britain, also tied the origins of the Anglo- Saxons with the SAKA and the Mid-East in these words: They were a people thought by good writers to be descended from the SCYTHIANS or SAKA, AFTERWARDS CALLED SACASONS, who with a flood of other nations came into Europe about the time of the decline of the Roman Empire.
The name Saxon therefore means, Sons of Isaac. Such a name for Israel was prophesied in Genesis 21:12: And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. In Amos 7:18, written about the time of the captivity of Israel, Abrahams descendants are called, the house of Isaac. (compare Rom. 9:7 and Heb. 11:18) The Israelites received that name because of their descent from Jacob- Israel, but they were later called by the name of Jacobs father, Isaac; rather than being known as the Israel people, they were to be known as the Isaac or Saac people. This is what the word, Sacae, means the Sac people. As the word Saxon is merely an English form of Sacae, it follows that in their name itself we have proof of the Israelitish identity of the Saxons.
We also have conclusive evidence offered by the historians of the Persian Empire. The Encyclopedia of Religions provides evidence from ancient Persian sources that the Saxon tribes originated in Medo-Persia, in the same place the lost tribes of Israel disappeared from history. They state, The Mazdean author of the Zend scripture called Vendidad, perhaps before 500 B.C., speaks of the Aryan home as being on the good river Daitya, which is traditionally the Araxes, flowing from near Mt. Ararat eastwards to the Kaspian. Interestingly enough, the Bible Apocyrpha in 2 Esdras 13:40-46 says that the lost tribes of Israel crossed the Araxes traveling northward, so the dispersed house of Israel and the Saxons both traversed the identical route into Europe at the very same time in history. To be more precise, they started out on their journey as Saca-Suna or Sons of the Saca, and ended up in Europe as Saxons. The Encyclopedia of Religions continues saying, This indicates a descent through the Caucasus If the tradition that the Daitya River is the Araxes be reliable, these Aryans would be Medes. (I:154) This encyclopedia reasons that since the Saxons originated in Medo-Persia, they must be Medo- Persians in disguise! But this conclusion is not sound. The Persians recorded a military battle with the SAKA, indicating that they were not the same people. It never occurred to the encyclopedia authors that the Saxons could be a separate people sent as captives into Media, the lost house of Israel.
Historian Sharon Turner verified the Medo- Persian connection, saying, This important fact of a part of Armenia having been named SAKASINA, is mentioned by [ancient Roman historian] Strabo in another place, and seems to give a geographical locality to our primeval ancestors, and to account for the PERSIAN WORDS THAT OCCUR IN THE SAXON LANGUAGE, as they must have come into Armenia from the northern regions of Persia. ( History of the Anglo- Saxons, I:100-101) The early Saxon language included hundreds of Medo- Persian words, indicating that the ancestors of the Saxons had resided in Medo-Persia for some time before migrating through the Caucasus Mountains into Europe. Sharon Turner gives yet additional proof that the modern Anglo- Saxon peoples are descended from the ancient SAKA, whom we identified as the lost tribes of the house of Isaac. He says, These marauding SAKAI or Saka-sani, were gradually propelled to the western coasts of Europe There was a people called SAXOI on the Euxine [ Black Sea], according to [early 6th century historian] Stephanus [Byzantius]. These writers refer to the Israelites in Media as SACA, SAKAI, or SAXOI. Since ancient writers declare that the Saxons of Europe were descended from the Sacae who came into Europe from Media, and as language study identifies the Sacae as the house of Isaac, we have a positive chain of evidence proving the Israelitish identity of the Saxons.
For additional information on the origin of the Saxons, see Appendix 6 for a selection from historian Sharon Turners, History of the Anglo- Saxons, and Appendix 3 containing the text of the ancient Persian Behistun Rock which refers to the Sacae at the time of Israels dispersion to that land. [End of Selection]