Lost Jewish Tribe Found in Zimbabwe

Lost Jewish Tribe Found in Zimbabwe March 6, 2010

This might sound too fabulous to be true, but genetics seems to have confirmed that a tribe made up from the descendants of Jewish priests are living in southern Africa:

Their oral traditions claim that their ancestors were Jews who fled the Holy Land about 2,500 years ago. It may sound like another myth of a lost tribe of Israel, but British scientists have carried out DNA tests which confirm their Semitic origin. These tests back up the group’s belief that a group of perhaps seven men married African women and settled on the continent. The Lemba, who number perhaps 80,000, live in central Zimbabwe and the north of South Africa. Lemba women do not have Jewish DNA. They also have a prized religious artefact that they say connects them to their Jewish ancestry – a replica of the Biblical Ark of the Covenant known as the ngoma lungundu, meaning “the drum that thunders.”

via BBC News – Lost Jewish tribe found in Zimbabwe.

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