Lost Tribes in Africa — part 2

Jun 7, 2010 by

In the last posting, I discussed Ethiopian Jews; here we will look at two other groups in Africa that claim to be Jewish (and in some cases claim descent from one of the Ten Lost Tribes). First, let’s look at the Yemenite Jews....

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Lost Tribes in Africa

Jun 4, 2010 by

In yesterday’s posting, I described a recent genetic study that confirms that Ashkenazi Jews come from the same general genetic pool as other Jewish groups: Sephardi and Oriental Jews. But what about other groups that claim to...

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Yiddish, Ashkenazi Jews and Jewishness

Jun 3, 2010 by

Speaking of Yiddish and Ashkenazi Jews who speak it, there has long been a question of whether Ashkenazi Jews are related to other (namely, Sephardic and/or Oriental) Jews. Some writers, for example, Arthur Koestler in his 1976 book...

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Finns, genes and languages

Apr 8, 2010 by

The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) has compiled the Finnish Gene Atlas, which contains genome-wide gene marker data for more than 40,000 Finns. Among the findings are two interesting points: (1) Finns are unique on...

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