Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ashkenazi represent Judeo-Khazar admixture

Ashkenazi Jews are a greater mix of genetic ancestries than previously thought.  They show evidence of gene flow from Slav, Scythian, Hunnic-Bulgar, Iranian, Alan and Turkic peoples. These formed the Khazar empire which at its height stretched from Kiev to the Aral Sea.
The Khazar empire fell in the 13th century AD, having been weakened by the Plague and Mongol invasions. Many Jewish refugees fled into Eastern Europe. Today these are known as Ashkenazi Jews. The future generations of many of these Jews was one of suffering under the Nazi regime. Their story is told in Elie Wiesel's Nobel Prize winning book Night.

The Khazar Hypothesis has been dismissed by some geneticists whose studies often seemed to be geared to proving the myth of Jewish racial purity or unadulterated ancestry from ancient Judea.

Khazaria map

A study published online in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution by Dr. Eran Elhaik, a geneticist at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, supports the Khazar Hypothesis. The origin of the Ashkenazi has continued to be disputed. The favored view is called the "Rhineland Hypothesis." According to this theory, descendants of the Canaanite Jews left Palestine for Europe following the Muslim conquest of Palestine in the 7th century AD. In the beginning of the 15th century, approximately 50,000 left Germany for eastern Europe. By the 20th century their numbers were estimated at about 8 million.

Under the Rhineland Hypothesis, European Jews would be very similar to each other and would have a predominant Middle Eastern ancestry. However, this is not the case, as Dr. Elhaik has shown through his research. Dr. Elhaik's paper, 'The missing link of Jewish European ancestry: contrasting the Rhineland and the Khazarian Hypotheses', examined a comprehensive dataset of 1,287 unrelated individuals of 8 Jewish and 74 non-Jewish populations genotyped over 531,315 autosomal single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). This was data published by Doron Behar and colleagues in 2010, which Elhaik used to calculate seven measures of ancestry, relatedness, admixture, allele sharing distances, geographical origins, and migration patterns. These identified the Caucasus-Near Eastern and European ancestral signatures in the European Jews' genome along with a smaller, but substantial Middle Eastern genome. The results were consistent in depicting a Caucasus ancestry for all European Jews. The analysis showed a tight genetic relationship between European Jews and Caucasus populations and pinpointed the biogeographic origin of the European Jews to the south of Khazaria, 560 kilometers from Samandar, Khazaria's capital.

Further analyses yielded a complex multi-ethnical ancestry with a slightly dominant Caucasus-Near Eastern, large South European and Middle Eastern ancestries, and a minor Eastern European contribution.

Dr. Elhaik writes, "The most parsimonious explanation for our findings is that Eastern European Jews are of Judeo-Khazarian ancestry forged over many centuries in the Caucasus. Jewish presence in the Caucasus and later Khazaria was recorded as early as the late centuries BCE and reinforced due to the increase in trade along the Silk Road, the decline of Judah (1st-7th centuries), and the rise of Christianity and Islam. Greco-Roman and Mesopotamian Jews gravitating toward Khazaria were also common in the early centuries and their migrations were intensified following the Khazars' conversion to Judaism… The religious conversion of the Khazars encompassed most of the Empire's citizens and subordinate tribes and lasted for the next 400 years until the invasion of the Mongols. At the final collapse of their empire in the 13th century, many of the Judeo-Khazars fled to Eastern Europe and later migrated to Central Europe and admixed with the neighbouring populations."

Read more here.

Elhaik's study showed a major difference among Caucasus populations explained by the early presence of Judeans in the Southern and Central Caucasus. These Judeans have a Nilotic-Kushite ancestry.

A Nilotic Strain?
Alice C. Linsley

The Ashkenazi can be traced anthropologically to well before the 7th century. They have roots much older than either of these hypotheses grants. The descendants of Japheth spread into Europe, Turkey, Pakistan, Mongolia from the Upper Nile. This explains the linguistic similarity between some Afro-Asiatic names and some Turkish, Pashtun and Mongolian names, including Jochi, Beri, Malik and Khan. Khan was originally a title meaning king. Today it is a common surname in Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Mongolia. It is equivalent to the Afro-Asiatic Kain or Kayan. Some of the Pashtun tribes adopted Malik as the ruler's title instead of Khan. Malik is equivalent to the Afro-Asiatic Melek, meaning king or ruler.

Genghis Khan married a woman of the Olkut’Hun, or Ogur Hun meaning the Hun clan/community. The word ogur means clan/community and appears to be equivalent to the Pashto orkut, meaning community. So ogur, orkut and olkut are cognates and likely related to the Kandahar dialect, which has Tir-hari as a principal dialect. Tir is a form of the name Tiras, mentioned in Genesis 10 and hari is a form of the word for Horite, which relates to Horus. So Genghis Khan married into a community which had connections to Abraham's Horite people, probably through the ruler Nimrod.

In the Hungarian origin stories, Nimrod had two sons: Magor and Hunor. Magor is the equivalent of the Afro-Asiatic name Magog and the Hungarian word Magyar. Magyar is the name for the Hungarian people. Some Magyar still live in the Upper Nile area where they are called the Magyar-ab, the Magyar tribe.

The ancestors of the Ashkenazi were likely merchants who settled in the shrine cities that were located on major water systems. In the ancient world merchants were called GR. There appears to be a relationship between the words gir, gar and ghar or khar. Bulghar was spoken by the Asiatic Ghars (Khars) from which the territory of Bulgaria takes its name. The Bulghar language was spoken in the Onogur tribal confederation into which Genghis Kahn married. Ono pertains to On or ancient Heliopolis, the Horite shrine city to which the great pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Abusir are aligned.

The word ghar means house, as in royal palace or royal city and is a cognate to word khar. In ancient Egyptian, khar refers to a measure of fuel used to offer sacrifice in the temple. The temple (wat) was in the precinct of the royal palace. Among the Guruntum-Gar, a West Chadic people, khar appears as har in last names. An example is Andrew Haruna. Haruna is the Chadic name for Aaron, suggesting a very ancient connection between the priesthood of Israel and their Kushite ruler-priest ancestors.

The Horites have been identified with references to Khar, a unit of measurement used in trade in the Egyptian inscriptions. The word khar is related to gur. In Akkadian gurguri means metalworkers or copper smiths. In Oromo gurguru means to sell (gurgurtaa = sale, gurguraa = seller). In Somali gur- means to collect something and gurgure means "one who collects." The Gurgure clan of the Dir refers to traders who collect wares and resale them. Among the Dir guri means stick, rod or firearm.

The Persian and Urdu word Saudagar means trader. This contains the gr root in connection with Arabia. Horite traders dispersed across the ancient world. The association of the roots Ghar/GR (traders) and Khar/HR (Horites) is evident in India in place names such as Gurgaon Haryana.

The Gir-gam tells the story of Abraham's Proto-Saharan ancestors Cain, Seth and Noah. All were trader-rulers who controlled the water ways of West Central Africa.
Likely gr is also the root of the Japanese (Ainu) word guruma, meaning wheel. The Ainu originated in the Nile. There were Ainu among Abraham's ancestors. The Ainu were the builders of the shrine of Heliopolis (Biblical On).
The word Horite takes many forms besides Khar and Gur. These include Hur, Horonaim, Horoni and Hori. Hori was the son of Lotan son of Seir, the Horite (Gen. 36). A linguistic connection to the Horites is retained in the name Horowitz (also spelled Hurwitz or Gurvich), a surname found among the Ashkenazi.

Related reading: Solving the Ainu MysteryNoah's Sons and their Descendants; The Kushan-Kushite Connection; Were Abraham's People Refugees or Rulers?; Sub-Saharan DNA of Modern Jews


  1. "Għar", in modern Maltese a language that is descended from a Siculo-Arabic dialect that developed in Sicily, and later in Malta, between the end of the ninth century and the end of the thirteenth century, is more accurately translated as "cave".

    According to some sources troglodytism was still practised up to the early part of the British era (1800-1964). There is a quaint expression in Maltese ("x'għar u casa", literally "this is like a cave and a house" colloquially translated as "what a pity"), that points to a time when cave dwelling was starting to be socially frowned upon.

    Incidentally, the Arabic/ Semitic word for "house" is "beit" (as in "Beit Israel); a word that in Maltese is translated as "roof".

    The following extract is worth a read:

    The date for the first human settlement in the caves is unknown, but probably has a long history. The utilisation of a series of caves for human and animal habitation in the Middle Ages was probably preceded by a long succession of occupational phases.

    Troglodytes were certainly well established in 1544, when a “Simone Camilleri de gar il chibir” was mentioned in a notarial act of Notary Brandon de Caxaro. G. F. Abela includes Għar il-Kbir in his list of inhabited areas in Malta and describes the cave as being a “Grotta vasta e grande”. Abela puts the number of troglodytes inhabiting the settlement at one-hundred-and-seventeen, divided into twenty-seven families, and describes them as “shepherds and
    herds-men. The idyllic setting of the caves and the quaintness of the inhabitant’s way of life became an attraction to various foreign visitors to the island. The most famous of these was, perhaps, the distinguished Dutch scholar and mathematician Athanasius Kircher. In 1637, while on a visit to Grand Master Lascaris at Verdala Palace at Buskett, Kircher was taken to the nearby Ghar il-Kbir. He was impressed by the troglodytic community and included a vivid description of it in his “Mundus Subterraneus”
    published in 1678. This description probably served as an inspiration for an early 18th century print engraved and published in Leiden by Peter van der Aa, that claims to show a romanticised scene of everyday life in the settlement.

    Kircher describes the troglodytes as living a communal life, even through the caves were divided into separate units of habitation for individual families. At the entrance to the settlement he was greeted by simply dressed men, women and children. They were tall and strong and reputedly lived to a ripe old age. The
    troglodytes appear to have been strict vegetarians and lived on home baked bread, cheese and vegetables. They refused to touch the viands that the Grand Master had sent them from his table. The men worked the fields and tended the animals which they sold in towns for slaughter. The women did the house chores, took care of the children and made cheese. The
    inhabitants are described as having been remarkably devout and their caves were decorated with crosses and holy pictures. The troglodytes were attached to their settlement and left it very rarely. When Maronite monks visited the settlement, they found that the inhabitants understood their language and could follow
    mass in Arabic.

    (Source: C.R.I.C.D. 2008)

  2. Ghar = cave, might relate to Horites of Edom who were said to be cave dwellers.

    Thanks for your informative comment. Lots to think about and very interesting!

    1. The earliest cave paintings at Chauvet in the Ardeche, France, were painted 32,900 ± 490 BP.

      Have you watched Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams?

      Here's the trailer:

      The cave as a motif is interesting in many ways, not least because according to Holy Tradition, the God Man was born in one. :)


  3. The application of the biblical narrative of people and places within the historical critical context of archeo-linguistics and ethno-genetics is an alternative approach and departure from the current Hamitic hypothesis of human origins, peoples and nations. The methodological approach to the research is the same as in Professor Acholonu's research. However its application to the Genesis narrative is most interesting if not compelling. With regard to the Ashkenazi Jews, what I find most interesting are the genetic studies demonstrating that Ashkenazi Jewish women carry the African Bantu L2a1 haplotype, one of the most ubiquitous haplotypes in Africa. Might not this be an indicator of the Bantu and what Acholonu would argue Igbo origin of Ashkenazi Jews?

  4. There is no doubt that Jews have an Africa admixture. It is difficult to assign labels like "Bantu" however. This MtDNA is found in about half of the East African population and among non-Bantu peoples in Sudan, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Cameroon. Haplogroup L2a1 also was found at Tell Halula in Syria c. 9600, which I find interesting, as this was Horite territory at that time.

    Given the antiquity of the haplogroup (c. 100,000) and this haplotype (c. 12,000) it appears that there was more mixing of peoples in the well-watered Saharan region than generally recognized. This was the region of the Benue and Niger Troughs that connected to Lake Chad and to various lakes in Sudan and to the Nile. It made water commerce possible across great distances.

    Dr. Acholonu makes a good case. She speaks about "Akwanshi" as the Igbo "First People." I wonder if the Akwanshi are the Khwe? I'm not clear on this. If so, genetic comparisons of the Khwe and the sub-Saharan Kung San indicate different points of origin. Many of the Kung mtDNAs are L1a2, a subset of the Pygmy of southern Africa. The Khwe are genetically more closely related to western African Bantu-speaking populations than to the Kung San. This suggest that the Ibgo reflect back-and-forth east-west movement of peoples along those water systems.

  5. Very interesting. Herman Hermstein also shows evidence for a proto-Niger-Congo language origin of Sumerian speaking people group(s) migrating from the Chad Niger basin along a west- east corridor to found a southwest asian or Mesopotamian Sumer location ca. 13 - 11 KPB. The autochthonous Akwa nishi dwarf and the migrant Bantu share a common cradleland in Nigeria-Cameroon.


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