Olof Von Dalin (1708-1763)

Olof Von Dalin (1708-1763) was a Swedish nobleman, poet, historian, and courtier. He stated follow in his book Svea Rikes Historia the follow concerning the Neuri, which were Scythian in origin:

“…the Neuri seem to be remnants of the Ten Tribes of Israel which Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, brought as captives out of Canaan… the language of the ancient Finns, Lapps and Estonians is similar to the Hebrew and even that this people in ancient times reckoned their year’s beginning from the first of March, and Saturday as their Sabbath, then one sees that the Neuri in all probability had this origin.”