Monday, March 29, 2010

DNA Tests Show Africa's Lemba Tribe Truly Jewish

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A British university professor says he has uncovered genetic evidence that a black African tribe living in Zimbabwe and northern South Africa is related to the Jewish people. Leaders of the Lemba tribe have claimed Jewish origins for many centuries. Tribal legend says that seven Jewish males left ancient Israel around 2,500 years ago, making their way to the southern part of the continent. There they met and married local African women, teaching them their biblical religious and dietary practices.
The Lemba tribe has many customs and rituals that are quite similar to those practiced by Jews since biblical times
He carried out DNA tests on many tribal members and compared the results with similar tests done over the years on thousands of Israeli Jews. He told the BBC that while many people have characterized the Lemba claims of Israeli ancestry as far fetched, scientific evidence has now established that their oral tradition is based on fact.
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