- Yair Davidiy indicates that the Khazars were Israelites. Is his research on the subject of the Khazars reliable? I know he is well-respected in regards to two-house history.
- Is it possible that the Rothschilds hail from the Khazars and adopted the Hebrew faith more for political reasons than belief similar to Constantine's adoption of RCC.
- Is Ashkanazi Jew synonymous with the Khazar?
My less-than-perfect answers:
1.) I'm not certain how reliable Yair Davidiy's Khazar ideas are, although I respect and agree with many of his views on Two-House history. If memory serves me well, I do believe he thinks of the Khazars as being more mixed with Ephraimites than with Japhethites... which I would tend to agree with... but Jew-dah, Ephraim, and Japheth... and possibly others... were mixed and intermarried in the Caucasus region where the Khazarian Kingdom was later formed. Even today, that general area of the world is quite varied genetically. It is difficult to really know for certain what genetic population made up the Khazars (because we don't have a modern "living" Khazar to test), but I do have a suspicion that y-Haplogroups R were the majority (thus Ephraim was most likely in the majority... in my view). yHg Q, N, I, and J were very likely in the mix also.
2.) The Rothchilds likely have more Judah/Jew-dah in their genetic ancestry than Ephraimite, but they are certainly mixed (just like the rest of the world-wide Jewish population). Go to FamilyTreeDNA, enter "Rothschild" in the surname search tool in the upper-right corner, click on the Rothschild project (currently has 17 members) link, and then click on the "Y-DNA Results" link on the left. You'll notice the "J2" haplogroup as very common in the male Rothschild testees... which is also very common in most Jewish populations... as is yHg R (which actually resembles Ephraimite injections, as I alluded to before and else where).
Mayer Amschel Rothschild was born in a Jewish ghetto... and his ancestry certainly appears very Jewish... as I'm sure many of the readers here will know. And I'm sure many are also aware of the accusation that the Jews (including the Rothschilds) descend from Khazars who "aren't really Jewish". Even if the Khazars were ancestors of the Ashkenazi, but were not Israelite originally, this does not mean they are "fake" necessarily. The Torah permitted non-Israelites to join the assembly and the nation if they were willing to submit to the Elohim of Israel and His Torah. Anti-Semites are largely ignorant of this reality, but still use the possibility as a means to discredit modern-day Jews. Personally, I'm curious what spirit the anti-semitic accusers are driven by.
3.) I do NOT think "Ashkenazi Jew" is synonymous with "Khazar". The Sephardic Jewish population apparently had less Khazarian influence (although that too is debated) but yet they have many similar genetic anomalies. The presence of the Cohen Modal Haplotype (suspected priest DNA) is found in both Jewish populations, the Sephardic and Ashkenazi, not to mention the Lemba of Africa. Maybe the occurrence is linked to the tribe of Levi being scattered in all the tribes... I'm not certain... but linking the words Ashkenazi Jew to Khazar is by far too simplistic and agenda-filled (usually done by Jew-hating nazis) to really be taken seriously (in my view).
Furthermore, I was just discussing with a friend about how all the tribes have had elitist / ruling classes that poorly represented their people and tribes... or maybe perfectly represented them in some cases... but nonetheless... whether or not the Rothschilds (and other tyrannical banking families) are Jewish or Ephraimite or non-Israelite or mixed... should not necessarily reflect poorly on the remnant of Jews and Ephraimites who seek to please Yah by walking in His Ways and desiring to return to His Land to serve Him. There are those who do Yah's will and those who break His will in almost every people group (or family) on the face of the earth, correct???
P.S. If I hear of any genetic study being done on what is thought to be the ancient human remains of a Khazarian, I'll be sure to post the news on this blog. Will keep my eyes and ears open.