Evidence proves Ashkenazi Jews descended predominately from four villages in Northeastern Turkey
While looking for discovery of the origin of the Yiddish language, researchers have come across proof, proving that Ashkenazi Jews descended predominately from four northeastern Turkey villages.
Entitled ‘Localizing Ashkenazic Jews to primeval villages in the ancient Iranian lands of Ashkenaz’, the study was conducted by researchers from three universities of the UK, the US, and Israel. The study has appeared in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution.
The study leader, Dr Eran Elhaik, a geneticist from the University of Sheffield, used a Geographic Population Structure device and succeeded in converting Ashkenazi Jews DNA into geographic coordinates.
The information revealed that 90% of Ashkenazi Jews were linked to the ancient villages of Eskenaz, Ashanaz, Iskenaz, and Ashkuz located near ancient Silk Road trade routes.
The researchers wrote, “We traced nearly all AJs, primeval trade routes in northeastern Turkey adjacent to primeval villages, whose names probably derived from ‘Ashkenaz’ We conclude AJs probably originated during first millennium when Iranian Jews Judaized Greco-Roman, Turk, Iranian, southern Caucasus, Slavic populations inhabiting lands of Turkey’s Ashkenaz”.
According to the research team, this is the proof that Yiddish was a Slavic language formed by Irano-Turko-Slavic Jewish merchants. They said that it doesn’t have German origin as normally thought.
They suggested that it was developed as a ‘cryptic trade language’, and has been in use along the Silk Roads. While speaking to Phys.org, Dr Elhaik said that language, geography and genetics were all linked.
Presently, nearly 50% of the world’s 10 million – 11.2 million Ashkenazi Jews put up in the United States, another 2.8 million living in Israel. They constitute nearly 75% of Jews, whereas Sephardi Jews make up the left 25%.
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