Lost Jewish tribe 'found in Zimbabwe' ...with DNA evidence

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    Mar 06, 2010 6:56 PM GMT
    well, if 7 men make a "tribe"

    "In many ways, the Lemba tribe of Zimbabwe and South Africa are just like their neighbours.

    But in other ways their customs are remarkably similar to Jewish ones.

    They do not eat pork, they practise male circumcision, they ritually slaughter their animals, some of their men wear skull caps and they put the Star of David on their gravestones.

    Their oral traditions claim that their ancestors were Jews who fled the Holy Land about 2,500 years ago.

    It may sound like another myth of a lost tribe of Israel, but British scientists have carried out DNA tests which confirm their Semitic origin. ... "


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8550614.stm
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    Mar 06, 2010 9:18 PM GMT
    Hmmm....If this is true, then the Morman tradition about being descended from the lost tribes of Israel is mostly like wrong. Hmm....
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    Mar 06, 2010 9:27 PM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidHmmm....If this is true, then the Morman tradition about being descended from the lost tribes of Israel is mostly like wrong. Hmm....


    unless perhaps they were scattered all over the whole world
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    Mar 06, 2010 9:30 PM GMT
    I am sure realjocker Caesarea4 will notice this forum topic and give his two cents worth on this subject. Be prepared for the inevitable.
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    Mar 06, 2010 9:46 PM GMT
    Please quote the DNA evidence in this article. I don't recall reading anything that connects these people to modern Jews.
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    Mar 06, 2010 9:50 PM GMT
    This isn't anything new....
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    Mar 06, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidPlease quote the DNA evidence in this article. I don't recall reading anything that connects these people to modern Jews.

    modern Jews??? These guys would have left ancient Israel millenia ago, wouldn't they have?
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    Mar 06, 2010 10:54 PM GMT
    Red here's a study of Y chromosomes of the Lemba, and yes there does seem to be a Jewish source for some of their Y chromosomes.

    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1288118/?tool=pubmed
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    Mar 06, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    African Jews (through Solomon among other things) is nothing new .. Ethiopian Jews are well known:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_Israel

    Their genetic makeup however has not always been affirming.

    The Mormon stuff about the "lost tribes" however is pretty much Hogwash ..
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    Mar 06, 2010 11:57 PM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidHmmm....If this is true, then the Morman tradition about being descended from the lost tribes of Israel is mostly like wrong. Hmm....
    pretty much a fairy tale like the whole book of mormon .. see my comment above icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 06, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    ActiveAndFit saidAfrican Jews (through Solomon among other things) is nothing new .. Ethiopian Jews are well known:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_Israel

    The Mormon stuff about the "lost tribes" however is pretty much Hogwash ..


    I encountered many African Jews in Israel when I lived there, the stories I heard about the air lift that saved them was touching.
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    Mar 07, 2010 12:31 AM GMT
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/israel
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    Mar 07, 2010 12:34 AM GMT
    Caesarea4 saidhttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/israel


    I love Nova!
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    Mar 07, 2010 12:36 AM GMT
    Race is an illusion

    http://www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm
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    Mar 07, 2010 12:38 AM GMT
    Who said anything about "race"?
    Jews are an ethnic group.