Sunday, September 21, 2008

Scholar claims to find medieval Jewish capital

This July 30, 2005 photo shows an excavation of an 11th-12th century house made of hard-burnt bricks in Itil, a Silk Road city that served as the Khazar capital, near Astrakhan, about 800 miles (1280 km) south of Moscow, The Khazars established the first feudal state in eastern Europe. A Russian archaeologist says he has found the lost capital of the Khazar empire, a powerful medieval state that once stretched from the northern shores of the Black Sea to Central Asia and whose rulers adopted Judaism as their state religion. (AP Photo/Dmitry Vasilyev)

The Khazars' ruling dynasty and nobility converted to Judaism sometime in the 8th or 9th centuries. Vasilyev said the limited number of Jewish religious artifacts such as mezuzas and Stars of David found at other Khazar sites prove that ordinary Khazars preferred traditional beliefs such as shamanism, or newly introduced religions including Islam.

This proof that the current Israelis ARE NOT the decedents of the historical Israelites was first published in a now outlawed book entitled The Thirteenth Tribe. The author, Mr. Koestler was an Ashkenazi Jew and took pride in his Khazar ancestry. He was also a very talented and successful writer who published over 25 novels and essays. His most successful book, Darkness at Noon, was translated in thirty-three languages. As expected, The Thirteenth Tribe caused a stir when published in 1976, since it demolishes ancient racial and ethnic dogmas...At the height of the controversy in 1983, the lifeless bodies of Arthur Koestler and his wife were found in their London home. Despite significant inconsistencies, the police ruled their death a suicide...

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