"Brit-Am Now"-263
July  1. 2003

1. Question on Descendants of King David
2. New Hebrew Discovery in Sweden
3. Theodor Opatowski: The Hebraic Origins of British Law
4. Question: Stone of Scone
5. Biblical Proof:  Addenda to Ends of the Earth

1. Question on Descendants of King David
At 10:59 PM 6/25/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>Dear Brit-Am
>I am interested in the signifigance of the Throne of England being
>transferred to the House of Saxe-Coburg Gotha.How does this relate to
>belivers in
>tribal-identity, and how does this relate to the importance of the throne
>being in
>the hands of King David's descendents compared to the thone being in the
>of the Normans, Saxons, Tudors, and Stuarts.

We are not really the address for this type of question. We have shown in
our works (especially "Ephraim") how
the ruling monarchs of Israelite Tribes may well have been descended from
King David.
There does exist historical evidence for this possibility. Not only that
but our evidence is better than that generally
provided elsewhere in so far as we show how some of the royal houses in the
west may well descend from King David
in the MALE line which is the most important from the viewpoint of Scripture.
This information may be a small thing but it could also be very important
and it was a Brit-Am first.
Even so, this is not a subject that we have emphasized, up to now.

2. New Hebrew Discovery in Sweden
Orjan Svensson <orjan.svensson@mbox300.swipnet.se>

Today I made a truly amazing discovery.
As you know I have in the past studied the runic inscription of
the Bjorketorp stone quite closely.
During those examinations I noticed that there were some runes
also very high on the stone (the stone reaches about 4 meters
above the ground level). However, I regarded those runes as not
belonging to the main part of the inscription and I thought that
they should be read together with the so called Minoan hieroglyphs
that are also present on the stone.
Since the said runes are located so high on the stone and since
there is some moss etc on it, it was quite difficult to see
all of the individual runes there. My preliminary conclusion
was that the runes were "A-g-A-j-A", which I interpreted as
related to the root AGG (Aleph-Gimel-Gimel). However, now when
I closely reexamined photos of the upper part of the stone I
now see that I was mistaken. The real runes in the upper part
of the Bjorketorp stone are the following:

o-r-A w e-l-o-A j-A

The meaning of this is "The light and God Jah".

I regard this as a truly amazing discovery.


3. Theodor Opatowski: The Hebraic Origins of British Law

From: Theodor Opatowski"
Subject: Re: "10 tribes" criteria
  I have just visited your website and read

  The Criteria  for determining which nations are descended from the
  Israelites are:

  1.  A Relative Lack of Anti-Semitism.
  2.  The Doing of Justice Implying Social Empathy and Responsibility.
  3.  Possessors of Military Prowess.
  4.  Intellectual Wisdom.
  5.  Economic and Physical Blessings.
  6.  Archaeological and Physical Proofs.
  7.  Biblical Evidence.

  I think you should include a detailed comparison between the country's
  laws and the laws of the Torah 'bein adam lechavero' [i.e. between a man
and his fellow].   Sometimes it is
  necessary to go back to older laws because of the wooly thinking that has
  crept in recently, as evidenced by your second criteria.

I am not a lawyer but from my knowledge of English law, having lived there
for many years, and my relatively slight knowledge of Torah law (I am
studying Nezekim) there are some remarkable identities between them.   This
follows on from the fact that Alfred the Great incorparated  'the mosaic
code' into the very beginning of English law, about which I commented
previously.   This was followed by intensive study of the 'Hebrew Scripture'
on the part of the English Church who wielded great power in England until
fairly recently and were equally represented in the legislature.  Many of
the clergy learnt Hebrew in order to be able to study the scriptures in the
original.   The standard translation of the Mishnah into English, which
includes a wealth of explanetary notes, is by "Herbert Danby, D.D.,
Residentiary Canon of St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem", (as was

Three examples come to mind, though I can't quote the references off hand.

1)  When a contract in England wants to set a nominal rent that is the
lowest possible it prescibes a 'peppercorn' rent.   I found somewhere that
the smallest legal entity, i.e. having legal significance, in the Torah is a
peppercorn.   And they do not grow peppers England.

2)  It used to be that when there was a divorce they first issued a decree
nisi, whatever that means, and it only became final after several months.
There is a similar provision in the issue of a 'get' where remarriage (and
assumed intercourse) is forbidden for a similar period the reason that is
given being the need to know if a possible as yet unborn baby would be a
Cohen, Levi or Israel.   That hardly applies in England.    You also find a
similarity in the older abortion laws.

3)  Rather more difficult because it involves my interpretation but if you
interpret 'reshut ha'rabim' as 'right-of'-way' then there are very close
similarities between those given in Baba Kama for 'reshut ha'rabim' and
English laws regarding rights-of-way.    English  rights-of-way are
jealously guarded and fought over (in the courts).  One example is the law
regarding stop lights on cars which equate to shouting 'stop' or other
warning on a path or street.   If two persons are one behind the other when
the front one stops suddenly and they collide and damage is done, then if
there is a warning (a shout or stop-light) the rear one is at fault and if
there is no warning (stop lights not working) the front one is at fault.

Which reminds of a similarity of principle.   In England and in Torah you
can only go to court to recover actual damage.  Trespassing, for example
(despite the signs) can only be prosecuted if damage is done and only for
that damage (at least that is how it used to be).

All of Nezekim is also concerned only with the restitution of losses that
have been caused by others.   It defines what it is reasonal to expect in
the way of foresight and what can be termed (in English law) as "an act of
G-d".  The whole idea is inherent in the English law concept of "the
reasonable man".

I am sure that there are many more detailed examples.

Theodor Opatowski

4. Question: Stone of Scone
From: Dbenariel@aol.com
Subject: Keeper of the Stone

Shalom Yair,
Do you agree with Herbert W. Armstrong and others that the Stone of
Destiny, the Stone of Scone that until recently was enshrined in
Westminster Abbey within the Coronation Chair is Jacob's Pillar Stone - the
Stone that Joseph was Keeper of and responsible for? If so, why haven't you
made a PUBLIC CALL for its proper restoration to Jerusalem to await Him
whose right it is: the Messiah? I've called for this in my book, Beyond
Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall.

Most sincerely,

David Ben-Ariel
Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall

Answer:  We are not sure that the stone really is the Stone of Jacob. It is
however significant that this belief exists and the ramifications it has as
we discussed in our book "Ephraim".  We must also be realistic. The
Scottish would never let the stone go and the Jews would not be interested
The best thing at present is to educate the Jews in Israel regarding
Brit-Am truth. We have almost completed a work in Hebrew that we hope to
publish and also, if funds allow,  advertise in the local Israeli press. A
very rough preliminary condensed version of part of the said work in Hebrew
can already be seen on our web-site. We also need to get the message out to
the British and the Americans and everyone.
In addition to getting the message to as many people as possible we are
also constantly improving its quality (or endeavoring to) through increased
information and showing how the knowledge of each detail complements and
enhances the whole picture.
A lot of people are impatient and say that we should be doing more etc and
have a more ambitious agenda but for the moment this is what we are capable
of doing and apparently what we have a Divine Mandate for and no more than
that, as far as we can tell.

5. Biblical Proof:  Addenda to Ends of the Earth
  England in French is called Angleterre or literally end of the earth. We
have shown how end of the earthand ends of the earth were one of the
descriptions applied to the location of the Lost Ten Tribes in the End
Times according to the Prophets. I have just obtained a book,
"Deconstructing the Bible. Abraham Ibn Ezra's Introduction to the Torah,"
by Irene Lancaster, London 2003. The book concerns the Commentary of Rabbi
Abraham Iben Ezra (1089-ca. 1165).  Iben Ezra was borne in Spain and during
his lifetime traveled in France, Italy, North Africa, Egypt, the Land of
Israel, and reached India. Towards the end of his life he settled in
England and apparently died there.

The authoress says (p.17): <<One of the most puzzling questions in Jewish
intellectual history is why Ibn Ezra should have come to England? The
answer may well lie in the contemporary cultural and financial links
between the Jews of Normandy and England described above. However, other
reasons may well have been equally important for Ibn Ezra. In many ways
England could be considered as prime virgin territory for the implanting of
Sephardic [i.e. Spanish Jewish] cultural seeds at the end of one man's very
long life. In those days 'Angleterre' was regarded as being at the 'edge of
the earth', and was therefore of great interest to someone of Ibn Ezra's
evangelical and messianic mentality>>.