Here, at long last, is the article I promised you in The Forgotten Jews almost 3 months ago.
The Ashkenazis, otherwise known as the Ashkenazim, make up the vast majority of world Jewry. They come from Eastern Europe, particularly (but not exclusively) Germany. The second-largest group is the Sephardim, who come from Spain, followed by the Mizrahim, who stayed in the Middle East.
However, there is a theory – founded in the 1800s, and holding some small degree of popularity today – that the Ashkenazim are not Jews; but rather, Gentile descendants of the Khazars. The Khazars were a Turkish people whose empire, known as Khazaria, lasted from about 650 AD to 969 AD.
Is this claim true, or false?
This argument is used fairly frequently for arguing a Khazarian (or at least Gentile) origin for the Ashkenazim. It derives from the following passage:
The sons of Japheth
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