Ashkenazic Jews’ Mysterious Origins Unraveled by Scientists, Thanks to Ancient DNA [SPOILER: It’s Iran]

PHOTO: via The Conversation

By Eran Elhaik | 2 September 2019

THE CONVERSATION — Where do the Jewish people come from? This is a question that anthopologists, historians and theologists have studied for millennia.

According to mythology, the Judaeans descended from three patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who are buried in the Cave of the Patriarchs (Cave of Machpelah) in Hebron – a Palestinian city and world heritage site located in the southern West Bank, 19 miles south of Jerusalem.

Buried alongside them are said to be Adam and Eve and the four Matriarchs – Sara, Rebecca and Leah. The cave has never been excavated, but on top of it is a relatively modern building (mid first-century), which Herod the Great built – likely to honour his ancestors.

For a more scientific take on the Jewish origin debate, recent DNA analysis of Ashkenazic Jews – a Jewish ethnic group – revealed that their maternal line is European. It has also been found that their DNA only has 3% ancient ancestry which links them with the Eastern Mediterranean (also known as the Middle East) – namely Israel, Lebanon, parts of Syria, and western Jordan. This is the part of the world Jewish people are said to have originally come from – according to the Old Testament. But 3% is a minuscule amount, and similar to what modern Europeans as a whole share with Neanderthals. So given that the genetic ancestry link is so low, Ashkenazic Jews’ most recent ancestors must be from elsewhere. […]

3 Comments on Ashkenazic Jews’ Mysterious Origins Unraveled by Scientists, Thanks to Ancient DNA [SPOILER: It’s Iran]

  1. I’ve read the report talking about the three Ashkenazi towns of the Turks on the Pontus. The Turks are Mongols. I don’t think Iran was Mongol until they lost the wars between the two. Present history says Turks aren’t just overlords, like the Scythian Aryans always were, but they genocide the countries they steal. In Field’s (of the Field Museum) day the long-headed Arabs were being overtaken by round-heads.

    They say that the Turks bred with white people on the Silk Road. Frankly, that’s where Japheth went, if we’re believing Genesis AND the Histories of the Countries involved. (Who else can Cathay and Japan really be, other than Javan? Peleg-skoi is the Pelasgian people.) The Scythians were nomads, Gomer’s kids. Turks are Magog. Turks would be the Gog of Magog, in these last days.

    Irish records say that they are Scythians (this includes the Scots of course) and that they are Magog. Scythian must mean nomad, or Steppe people, more or less. The last Gauls are Gaels, who took it from the Ligurian Brythons… Avienus says the Celts took the lands beyond the tin isles from the Ligurians.
    The Ligurian (Greek: Ligues) tribe of Sallyes are the Silurians (Latin added the r both times). The Silurians came from Baetia in SE Iberia.

    Avienus, in the 6th century, wrote Ora Maritima about a Mount Silurus.
    V. 147 Qua sese at undis regio dicta subtrahit
    Silurus alto mons tumet cacumine.
    The word was spelled by Pliny Silorius or Solorius. At Tartessos is Ligustinus Lacus, or Ligurian Lake. Strabo says all of that headland was called Liguria. The Scythian Celts took this from Ligurians, too, apparently. Today, we find them squeezed onto a rock and surrounded by tourists, near the site of their beloved Nemeton.

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