[b-hebrew] Re: Hebrew and Welsh?

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed Nov 17 11:21:13 EST 2004


On 17/11/2004 16:08, Yigal Levin wrote:

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
>To: <MarianneLuban at aol.com>
>Cc: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 1:35 PM
>Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Re: Hebrew and Welsh?
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>>Thank you, Marianne, for this fascinating study. See some more points
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>below.
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>>On 17/11/2004 05:33, MarianneLuban at aol.com wrote:
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>>>...  Of course, it is supposed to be that the priestly family died
>>>out among the Samaritans and that the Levites then took over the priestly
>>>office.  But, according to DNA, this is not true...
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>>This doesn't follow. If the original priestly family were descendants of
>>Aaron, they were closely related in the male line to the remaining
>>Levites, for (according to the Hebrew Bible) they had a common ancestor
>>in Levi only a few generations before Aaron - and only one generation
>>earlier with all true Israelites. So it makes sense that the Samaritan
>>Levites share a common Y chromosome type with the Jewish Cohens,
>>presumed to be descendants of Aaron - and with a good proportion of
>>modern Jews, presumably excluding descendants of later proselytes,
>>Jewish women who took Gentile husbands etc.
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>Actually, the present Samaritan priests are supposingly non-Aaronite
>Levites. The Samaritans claim that their last true Kohen died childless
>several generations ago, and the job was passed on to the most senior Levite
>clan.
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That was my point. They are not Aaronites, but they are Levites, which 
puts their common ancestry back only a few generations.

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>To me, the use of genetics to find "lost Jewish tribes" seems rediculous.
>Since when was Judaism (or any other faith) about genetics?
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This isn't an issue of faith, but of history. To me, at least.

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