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Apostles In First-Century Britain?
by Wayne Blank
One of the most popular theories is that after the Assyrians themselves were devastated by the Babylonians, their former Israelite captives migrated northwestward, eventually settling in what today includes Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland - and Britain. The British Israelites then, according to the theory, later expanded into what is today the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
According to the belief of many, those countries were founded by people of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, and are therefore the subject of end-time Prophecy that speaks of "Israel," which has a different meaning than "Judah." (see The Scepter and The Birthright and The Chosen People and Jews At War With Israel)
Jesus Christ directly instructed The Twelve Apostles to go to the "lost sheep of Israel" (e.g. Matthew 10:6). Did He mean just the single Israelite tribe of Judah, the Jews, that then inhabited the land of Israel, or did He mean what He actually said?
The Bible does not record the later travels of all of the apostles, or the entire travels of the apostles of those that it did. Paul, called after the Twelve, is accounted-for quite extensively, but even with him there was plenty of time for him to have been to other places.
One of the most curious non-Biblical accounts that have been used for reference to the possible travels of the apostles is the Sonnini Manuscript, which claims to account for Paul's journey to Britain and the continent (some refer to it as the "29th chapter of Acts," but it surely is not. Acts has 28 chapters, and we are warned by God not to add, or take away, anything from the Scriptures). Although perhaps fanciful in places, it does nevertheless provide an interesting, and generally possible, narrative for a journey that many are quite convinced did happen. A part of the text is shown here:
"And Paul, full of the blessings of Christ, and abounding in the spirit, departed out of Rome, determining to go into Spain, for he had a long time proposed to journey thitherward, and was minded also to go from thence to Britain. For he had heard in Phoenicia that certain of the children of Israel, about the time of the Assyrian captivity, had escaped by sea to "The Isles afar off" as spoken by the Prophet Ezra, and called by the Romans - Britain.
Fact Finder: Did Jesus Christ say that He too was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel at that time?