Re: Question on DNA and Cohenim #dna

Adam Cherson

Dear Leonard,

In 2004 some geneticists wrote a paper in which they described Cohanic haplogroups. According to this work, the most prevalent haplogroup tree among Sephardic and Ashkenazic Cohanm is the J-P58 tree (31.8% and 51.6%, respectively). The next highest rates were 27.9% in the J-M172 tree and then 5.6% in the R-M269 tree. The G-M201 group represents about 3-4% of the Cohanim sampled in the study. There were about seven other haplogroups reported as having Cohanic members.

According to Biblical history, only the direct male heirs of Aharon the Priest are Cohanim (here is an article about the current state of y-chromosome research: As you know, not every generation in every place produces male heirs and hence the emergence of other chromosomal Cohanic lines, as needed.

Adam Cherson


DOI 10.1007/s00439-009-0727-5

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