Jews in Palestine around 600 CE
- The book is at home and I'm overworked and fried,
but, anyhow, I have this book (purchased from the
history section at Barnes & Noble) about Jews in their
own country in Late Antiquity, or about the time of
the destruction of the Second Temple (I think this is
around 140 CE) and the seventh century, when the Muslims
took over.<br><br>Maybe the guy who wrote the book had
some kind of Zionist ax to grind, but he gives an
interesting argument based on archaeological evidence and
texts about the possibility that as much as 25 percent
of the population of ancient Palestine may have been
Jewish well up into the seventh century, and a bunch
more may have been Samaritans. (Samaritans are really
Jews who think that G-d handed his laws to them on
their mountain rather than our mountain. They had huge
arguments with the ancient mainstream Jews, but, like the
Karaites, a group that came along a bit later and also drew
the wrath of the rabbis, they were really as Jewish
as kosher for Passover matzoh.)<br><br>I still have
to read some more history books to find out when the
Jewish population really got chased away, but it seems
to me that a fairly high percentage of modern-day
Jews could be descended from ancestors who lived in
Palestine as late as the 600s.
- I am looking for the surnames ZILBERMAN, KARP and EPSTEIN of
Yarburg, Lithuania and JUDKOWSKY of Serednik, Lithuania.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, jeffreyrstern wrote:
> I have just begun to research my European roots.
> Have learned that my maternal grandfather was from
> Yurburg, Lithuania. The family name was eithrn Arnstein or
> Arshtein. Looking for any possible relatives....