Originally posted by dougreed
the records of family lines were destroyed by the romans when they took jerusalem in the 1st century. so their is NO ONE that can prove a claim to any
The tribes were 'lost' long before this tho.
Wouldn't that make Europians to be desended from the twelve tribes???
Since people inhabited europe before this event it wouldn't. There are lots of ideas as to where the lost tribes went. Some say india, where there
is a group of people who have some customs and names that seem jewish or something. The mormons, if i understand correctly, think that the lost tribes
traveled to america. Supposedly there is a village/sanctuary in north africa that has a group of people claiming to be cohenen
or some such, a
preistly tribe i think.
The most likely idea is that, if they even existed in the first place, that they were dispersed thruought the asyrian kingdom. This was something the
assyrians did when they took a place, like israel and judea, over, uproot the people and send them to a different location. No homeland, no familiar
neighbhors, no resistance. Thats the answer given for the north indian / kashmiri people claiming to be jews. There are also groups of muslims in
afghanistan apparently that claim to be descendants of the lost tribe, who later coverted to islam. And of course there are jews in iraq, old
babylon/assyria, to this day, perhaps some of them could be considered as such.
But outside of the bible there isn't really anything to back up their existence anyways.
occurs been Spanish and in the new world I used to felt that we were not part of it because we were not Jews
Interesting side note here. When the Iberian Spainish kicked the jews out, many converted to christianty, but only publically. Many also moved out
to the new world holdings of spain apparently too. THe result is that there are lots of people of spanish descent, in europe and latin america, who
are christian, catholic of course, but who have strange traditions, like eating by candlelight only as a family on certain nights, and other strange
things, that are very similar to jewish customs. Turns out, these people are often "crypto-jews", jews who converted because of the persecution,
but still kept the old ways. THey can be identified by genetic testing too.
Apparently, there is a preist in mexico who is one such crypto-jew, he just found out the results recently! He wears a star of david on his cross
Googling 'crypto-jew' and 'preist' will give a number of results.
[edit on 19-1-2005 by Nygdan]