I found an interesting article, on Gizmodo regarding Ashkenazi Jews, and it began like this: “A genetic analysis shows that all of the Ashkenazi Jews alive today — of which there are more than 10 million — can trace their roots to a group of just 330 people who lived 600 to 800 years ago.” I found that sentence, in itself, absolutely fascinating.
Reading the entire article gave me much insight into the components of Ashkenazi DNA. Apparently, ‘no more than half of the DNA comes from Ancient Europeans, while the rest of the Ashkenazi genome comes from the Middle East’. I knew that Ashkenazi Jews had Middle East DNA in them, as I had read that in several articles, over the years. Just how much of the Middle Eastern genome was new information to me.
I also read the link to nature dot com, that was included in the Gizmodo article, which showed the entire scientific study on the issue. The history is intriguing.
After reading the scientific study, I then looked up the subject matter of Ashkenazi Jews on Wikipedia’s website. The information there gave more extensive information into the Middle Ages aspect of the Ashkenazi Jews. But, once I stopped to think about it, I realized I know much of this to begin with, due to the nonfiction history books I have read, and also due to some of the historical fiction books I have read, over 1,000, combined, along with printed articles, over the years.
I also read an article on Frontiers in Genetics website entitled, The Origins of Ashkenaz, Ashkenazi Jews, and Yiddish. Their findings indicate a predominance of Ashkenazi Jews originated in Turkey. Interesting!
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has information on Ashkenazi Jews, as well.
Sometimes it takes one certain sentence to draw us in, and awaken, and reinforce in our minds, what we already know.
Whether one of these articles is accurate, or a combination of them is, is a changing scene in the scheme of DNA tests. One study tells us one thing, another study enhances the first study, or diminishes it, in some respect. New concepts in DNA arise almost yearly, with newly found genetic discoveries.
For instance, I had my DNA tested in June 2019, showing my Jewish DNA and where it stemmed from, as far as the countries it originated from, and/or included. In December 2019, I received an update on my Jewish DNA showing a different perspective of the countries, including new ones, excluding others.
There seems to be a constant flow of discoveries, through testing and genetic studies, that influence the mapping of Ashkenazi Jews. I try to keep up with reading material on the issues as much as possible.
Copyright Lorri M.