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J-M241, DYS455=8 Cohanim (Y-DNA)

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The J2b2e haplotype is distinguished from related J2b2 haplotypes by possessing a highly unusual STR at position DYS488.

it is estimated that the present group of individuals possessing this unique feature are descended from a single individual who lived 1,000 years ago.

Every single person that we have found thus far possessing this haplotype carries a tradition of being a Cohen. Using the standard factor of 25 years per generation, this would suggest that the members of this group have passed on the Cohen tradition from father to son for approximately 40 generations.

A powerful statement, indeed, on the persistence of oral traditions notwithstanding the absence of the printing press and all the forms of recording history that have followed.

The percentage of Cohanim worldwide who carry this particular halpotype is a small percentage of the total number of Jews who so identify themselves as Cohanim. We have no idea at this point when this particular lineage became associated with the caste, or under what circumstances.

Our haplogroup testing is undertaken through the Jewish DNA Project, which is located at the website of Press here to join:

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