Ancestry Meets Theology TM — The more research I do, the more the past and the present converge upon each other. Genealogy (Ancestry), with all its attributes; is meeting Theology, with all its attributes. The historical aspects of both disciplines are converging and becoming dependent upon one another for clarity. This is particularly so in respect to Two-House Israel Theology and Creationism.
Ancestry Meets Two-House Israel!
The Issue of Israelite Identity-Many groups are now claiming Israelite identity. British Israelism has been around for a long time and so have the Black Hebrew Israelites (BHI). However, the BHI worldview is becoming increasing popular in modern Black-American, African, and other cultures with African ancestry. Yet, some of their beliefs are Pan-Africanism, which is not always in-line with a Biblical worldview. Generally, Pan–Africanism is a movement that claims to create solidarity between indigenous Africans and worldwide ethnic groups of African descent in diaspora among the various countries. Because basic knowledge of African history wanes for many of African descent; the historical contributions of Pan-Africanism are valuable. However, I recommend extreme caution if it is related in regard to Biblical Theology.
Ancestry Meets Creationism!
The Issue of DNA Haplogroups-The Book of Genesis is the story of the Creation account, as well as the post-Flood narrative. With the popularity and advances in DNA research and associated haplogroups, many are now interested in the research of their ancestry going back thousands of years. DNA migrations, though secular in their worldview, originate mankind in Africa. “If” the accepted DNA migrations are relatively accurate; then from a Biblical perspective, they are not from Adam and “Mitochondrial Eve”; rather, they are from Noah–particularly, Shem, Japheth, Ham, and their wives. Which, according to the data, originated in Africa not Turkey, where the Ark is believed to have settled. Thus, Scripture presents another narrative to explain the migrations purported through DNA. Because science is rooted in a secular worldview, and NOT SCRIPTURE; believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob must be careful as to what theories they accept as fact. Particularly, when those theories are in opposition to the Word of God.
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