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Originally posted by Djarums
I have seen a few tribes in Africa on TV with garb that resembles ancient Jewish garb and traditions that are similar as well.
Having them be one of the ten lost tribes is sadly unable to be proven for obvious reasons, but definitely a fascinating theory to consider.
Originally posted by Koola
You have to be careful when trying to describe the Ancient Tribe of Israel. You see, people automatically think Jew...and think of Western Jews. Which is incorrect. Actually recent studies have shown that western jews are actually the descendents of converts. And not the actual descendents of the Tribe of Israel. You guys should really read a book called The 13th Tribe. It's written by a Jewish man himself (just so you don't think it's some anti-semetic thing).
I do think more research needs to be looked into about that though. I have to go now...I'll post tomarrow.
These results are grossly inconsistent with the notion that the Ashkenazim are descended, to any significant degree, from the Khazars or some Slavic group. Such claims have often rested on the large numbers of Ashkenazim, relative to the small numbers of German Jews a thousand years ago. However, the genetic evidence supports the notion that the Ashkenazim are descended from a small ancestral population.