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by Morley Evans
Almost all of the Americans who identify themselves as "Jews" today are Ashkenazi from eastern Europe. They are descendants of the Khazars, a Turkic people who lived contemporaneously with the Byzantines, the Rus, the Mongols and the Arabs. Their Khaganate dominated the area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. The Khazars converted to modern-day Talmudic Judaism between the late 8th century and early 9th century. Most people in the Holy Land converted to Islam from Judaism and Christianity in the early 7th century. Jews, like Greeks and many other ancient people, had been living for centuries all over the near east and the Mediterranean area long before Christ. Yet most Jews, today, believe they are descended from the Jews in the Bible and that all the Jews lived in the Holy Land until the Romans expelled them after the Great Jewish Revolt against Rome in AD 66-70. The Palestinians today are far more likely to be the descendants of the Jews in the Bible than the Israelis who try to use the Bible as a land deed to the Middle East and even to the world. Moreover, the Israeli leadership has always been atheist, having converted to Zionism from communism and Judaism in the early 20th century. Contrary to Pope John Paul II who called contemporary Jews "our elder brothers in the faith," modern Talmudic Judaism is descended from Pharisaism which Jesus explicitly denounced over and over. It was the Pharisees who had the Romans crucify Jesus. They are "the Jews" from whom the disciples were hiding in the upper room. The word "Jew", itself, appears in the New Testament, as well as in the Apocryphal Books, Maccabees and Esther which were written before the New Testament was written. "Jew" appears rarely in other places. Earlier "Jews" are Israelites and Hebrews. "Jew" denoted someone who lived in Judea. Can one trace any person today over a thousand years back to the Khazars? No. Ashkenazi are a mixture like all other groups. Trace, instead of individual people, the organizations people create. Individuals in an organization are like cells in a body. Individuals die and are replaced but organizations can survive hundreds of generations. They have a life of their own. Their founding beliefs remain long after their founders are gone. Look at what they believe and do.