We descended from Canaanites, also known as Phoenicians

A recent article, summarised below, concludes that we descended from Canaanites, also known as Phoenicians.  The area corresponds roughly to Lebanon, northern Israel and western Syria.

If you would like a comprehensive overview of our ancestors you can get it at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canaan or at http://phoenicia.org/index.shtml which has extensive information including trading and migration patterns as far as Ireland and England.

I found this interesting site http://phoenicia.org/index.shtml which has extensive information and maps including about trading and migration patterns as far as Ireland and England.  It goes some distance to explaining more options for the routing to Hanley.  Unfortunately it doesn’t yet narrow those options.

I’ve discovered that there numerous takes on the histories of the peoples in this region that long ago.  I gather that they are still finding and sorting out new archaeological and recorded data.  Part of the problem is that there were small populations and language was only being developed at that time and the approaches were different.  However, this is the first time that I’ve come up with such a mother lode of interesting information.

I haven’t spent much time on it yet, there are about 1,900 pages of information, so I don’t yet know how it treats religion.  Also, so far, it doesn’t include Y-DNA analysis.

The region was on major east west and north south trade routes both by land by sea.  Consequently, the requirements of trade helped shape their major contributions to the world which include:

  • Language/alphabet which they passed to the Greeks who refined and spread it further.
  • Trade
  • Navigation
  • Math (Pythagoras)
  • developed war by chariot -  Yeeehah!



A summer update from the Russian research team. Russian Journal of Genetic Genealogy: Vol 1, №2, 2010 ISSN: 1920-2989 http://ru.rjgg.org


The pdf paper is short and an interesting read.  In it they refer to E1b1b1c1a as an individual, which makes sense when talking about the first dude with that particular genetic mutation.  Generally speaking we have been talking about the entire haplogroup including Frank and us.

Haplogroups E1b1b1c1 (M34) and E1b1b1c1a (M84) among Jews. Could Abraham be E1b1b1c1 or E1b1b1c1a?


The paper concludes that the guy who was E1b1b1c1 was too old to be Abraham.  But while E1b1b1c1a (a descendant of E1b1b1c1) might be Abraham that too is unlikely as the Cohens tended to be the Jewish priests and the % of E1b1b1c1a’s amongst the Cohen’s is low, around 1%.  I’ll have to take the writers’ word about the importance of that as I know nothing about Cohens or Jewish priests.  They suggest that Abraham is most likely to be J1 or J2, which are also common to both Arabs and jews.

The report also concludes that:  “the Jewish and Arabian E1b1b1c1a lines are close one to the other, their common ancestor lived 4080±1440 years ago, so, most probably, both are descendants of ancient Canaanites.”

There is a comment that Jews invaded a Canaan community and converted a segment of the populace.  Remember, that this predates the creation of Islam by several thousand years.

Interesting how much new material has surfaced since I last checked the internet a few months ago.

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