Date: June 08, 2013 03:40PM
The only people I
> ever hear really pushing the Khazar thing, are
> various breeds of lunatic racists who wish to
> delegitimatize Jews, sometimes as part of a
> mythology that portrays the lunatics as the true
> biblical people. If you just read one or two
> sources on a subject, you can get perspectives
> that are not shared by any mainstream of sane
Maybe you are looking in the wrong places, bentleye? Is Dr. Eran Israeli-Elhaik of Johns Hopkins University a lunatic racist? I checked him out, he seems pretty mainstream. He and his team recently published this important work, which you may wish to peruse.http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1208/1208.1092.pdf
Here's a portion of the abstract:
The question of Jewish ancestry has been the subject of controversy for over two centuries and
has yet to be resolved. The “Rhineland Hypothesis” proposes that Eastern European Jews emerged from a small group of German Jews who migrated eastward and expanded rapidly.
Alternatively, the “Khazarian Hypothesis” suggests that Eastern European descended from
Judean tribes who joined the Khazars, an amalgam
of Turkic clans that settled the Caucasus in
the early centuries CE and converted to Judaism in the 8th century. The Judaized Empire was
continuously reinforced with Mesopotamian and Greco-Roman Jews until the 13th century.
Following the collapse of their empire, the Judeo-Khazars fled to Eastern Europe. The rise of
European Jewry is therefore explained by the contribution of the Judeo-Khazars. Thus far, however, their contribution has been estimated only empirically; the absence of genome-wide
data from Caucasus populations precluded testing the Khazarian Hypothesis. Recent sequencing
of modern Caucasus populations prompted us to revisit the Khazarian Hypothesis and compare it
with the Rhineland Hypothesis. We applied a
wide range of population genetic analyses — including principal component, biogeographical origin, admixture,
identity by descent, allele sharing distance, and uniparental analyses —to compare these two hypotheses. Our findings
support the Khazarian Hypothesis and portray the
European Jewish genome as a mosaic of
Caucasus, European, and Semitic ancestries, thereby consolidating previous contradictory reports
of Jewish ancestry."
This is in fact the paper I referenced in my post above, which post you replied to. Now that I have provided a fresh link to it, perhaps you may wish to actually read the paper, bentleye?
If not, I will assume you are just a drive-by sniper, doing some quick name-calling and dust-throwing to confuse the discussion.