Dearest Rowina, I completely failed to tell you how much I enjoyed your post regarding the efforts that you went through to see what your heritage could entail plus the extra history regarding those that either fled to other areas or were forcibly taken to different lands as part of judgement by Almighty God Himself for their constant refusal to follow the Covenant He made with them: the main one of which was, "I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other gods before me." It led to the violation of the other Commandments.The very fact that so many people hate the Jews must indicate there is something very diabolical about the whole issue. My guideline for this has been to always let Jesus own Words speak for themselves.Rev. 2:9 "I know thy works and tribulation and poverty, but thou art rich and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews and are not but are the Synagogue of Satan. This was written to the Church of Smyrna. Then John, in Rev. 3:9 writes on the same subject to the Church of Philadelphia, "I will make those who are of the Synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not,( but are liars) I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you." Both of these churches were located in modern day Turkey.Could it be that the "Jews" who are not Jews, the Synagogue of Satan" really are GENETIC Jews; but spiritually corrupt Jews who have turned their backs on the God of Abraham in order to serve the Devil?I believe so!Thank You Rowina,gerlinda
Rowina (11 May 2013)
The descendants of Judah were called by the shortened name "Jews". That is the simple explanation of how this name came into being. Over the years, the term Jews came to mean all the descendants of Abraham, including all the tribes, not just Judah.
The area around Jerusalem was the portion of Judah and Benjamin, and the Levites were active there although they didn't own any of the land. The other tribes supported Levi to be the priestly class. The rest of the tribes lived in the northern parts of the land.
After the division of northern and southern Israel, under the immediate descendants of Solomon, those who wished to follow the God of their fathers moved south from northern Israel into southern Israel, the area of Judah and Benjamin. Thus, according to Chuck Missler, all of the tribes of Israel were represented in the area of the "Jews", in or near Jerusalem.
It is true that many modern Jews do not descend directly from Judah, but come from converts, notably in Khazariah. However, these converts intermarried with Jews whose bloodline (DNA) went back to Abraham, so they are often mixed up.
I believe my deceased husband, who was Jewish on his father's side, and who was raised a Christian, had elements of both the "German" or "Khazarite" Jews in his ancestry, plus the more ancient Jews who lived in or near Jerusalem. One can tell this, in part, by the names (first and last) on the genealogy chart which his nephew made while traveling in Europe, but there are no "sure things" concerning it. I know he had Levite descent from his paternal grandmother.
As I have discussed here before, I have the maternal DNA which goes back to ancient Israel through Ireland, but of course my mother was not purely Jewish.
She had the genes of many other peoples who flooded into Ireland, particularly (probably) the Vikings. She didn't know she had this DNA, of course, nor did I until I received my maternal DNA from a genetics firm who invited me to participate in a study. This maternal DNA will not descend from me beyond my son, as he has only sons, no daughters. It is astonishing to me that an ancient haplogroup like this could persist long enough to reach even me and my son.
So I am Jewish and many Doves are Jewish, in part. When God told Abraham his descendants would be like the stars in heaven, He wasn't kidding. We are everywhere. So much for who is a "real Jew".