Adds another little piece to the puzzle
A new genetic analysis has reconstructed the history of North Africa's Jews, showing that these populations date to biblical-era Israel and are
not largely the descendants of natives who converted to Judaism, scientists reported on Monday.
The study also shows that these Jews form two distinct groups, one of which is more closely related than the other to their European counterparts,
reflecting historical migrations.
. In many cases the analyses have confirmed what scholars had gleaned from archaeological finds and historical accounts.
Archaeology and DNA evidence combined, hopefully will unlock the truth.
This work demonstrates a shared genetic history among the Jews of North Africa and strengthens the case for a biological basis for
Jewish populations of North Africa became genetically distinct over time, with those of each country carrying their own DNA signatures.
The analysis showed that all North African Jews are descended from forebears in the Middle East, supporting the hypothesis that biblical-era
Israelites among Phoenician traders established colonies along the North African coast.
Common DNA signatures also show that some groups are closer, genetically, to their European co-religionists than expected. That suggests "a shared
set of founders,"
EXODUS FROM EGYPT
DNA evidence lends credence to accounts that in 312 BC Egypt's king settled Jews in Cyrenaica, in what is now Tunisia. According to the Jewish
historian Josephus (born in AD 37), by the first century AD there were 500,000 Jews there. The DNA that Tunisian Jews share with those of the Middle
East supports accounts that, after the destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem in AD 70, 30,000 Jews were deported to Carthage, in what is now
Georgian Jews led to one surprise: that they are closely related to those of the Middle East, including those in Iraq and Iran. "That shows
there was significant migration of Jewish populations along the Silk Road beginning in the Persian Empire," said Ostrer. "Just a small number of
founders started Jewish communities in India, Burma, and Georgia."
From an old topic
Analysis of Jewish genomes refutes the Khazar claim.