Friday, April 27, 2012

U5 Mother Sarah?

In follow-up to my previous post, from my research so far, it seems that most geneticists studying Jewish origins are focusing on male Y-chromosome research (as if Jewishness in reality descends from the male line only) and have more or less concluded that the original ancient Israelite matriarchal female line(s) has faded into oblivion through millennia of intermarriage and conversion. But, has it really?

Given the pattern of migratory dynamics and regional associations of mtDNA haplogroup U, I think it's very much a possibility that at least some of the matriarchs were of this matriline. As demonstrated in an earlier post, father Abraham was very likely genetically from ancient (semitic) Turkey (Anatolia), a region with strong links to mtDNA Haplogroup U5. Given this, mother Sarah very likely was from the same area as father Abraham and very likely could have been of (semitic) mtDNA Haplogroup U5 herself. If she was, then father Yitzak at the very least was of the U5 matriline as well, as mtDNA is passed from mother to both daughter and son (even though the son does not pass on his mtDNA to his children).

Now I need to see what genetic associations I can find for Rivkah, Leah and Rachel - and Yosef's Hebrew-Egyptian wife Asnat, as well.

So, while it's still possible that other matrilines may have been introduced into the ancient Isaelites through Rivkah, Leah and Rachel (I haven't investigated lines for these matriarchs yet), it is clear that U5 remains a persistent possible Israelite matriline through Sarah and Asnat at the very least.

Concerning the matriarchal lines as they pertain specifically to the ancient Hebrews, the lines most directly significant to descendents of the Hebrews as Bnei Yisrael are the lines of Leah, Rachel and Asnat.

(I think it's an interesting synchronicity that Leah, Rachel and Asnat form a trinity of women which could be associated with the female Three Fates of ancient European tradition who together weave the tapestry of destiny.)

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