Talk:Y-chromosomal Aaron

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Religious Bias?[edit]

It seems from my reading that this article makes little effort to explain to the reader that Aaron is a legendary character, and thus it is very unlikely that he has any descedents in the real world. The Bible is recognised by scholars to not be a work of history, but is a religious book and thus not at all reliable as a source. Current consensus archaeology finds no support in the ground for the patriarchs, Exodus, Davidic/Solomonic Israel etc; rather, the Judeans and other ancient Palestians simply arose from local populations. It is thus very unlikely that Moses or Aaron existed; rather, they are cult heroes in folk tales. To claim descent from them is equivalent to claiming descent from Odysseus, King Arthur or Beowulf. The article however talks of Aaron in an overly-historic manner, for instance-

"Nevertheless, various opinions exist about which Haplogroup the direct descendants of Biblical Aaron belong to."

-as if he really existed. It is worrying that Wikipedia may be encouraging young readers to believe that these ancient tribal myths are in some sense true. At least a hint of rational scepticism should be represented in articles like this.82.71.30.178 (talk) 22:34, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

Such statements are against our WP:NPOV policy and I've edited the article, hopefully bringing it more into line with policy. Thanks for your post. Dougweller (talk) 13:15, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

Aaron descendants in Italy[edit]

Etruscans, a kingdom defeated by Romans, according to the legend after the Roman woman Lucretia was raped by a son of the Etruscan king, were supposedly of "Semitic" origin, and their language was Semitic too, whatever "Semitic" may mean, thus, it's not surprising finding in Italy people with a genetic background akin to groups in the former kingdoms of Judah and Israel.--Jgrosay (talk) 19:16, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

Shapiro family originating in Morocco?[edit]

I find this claim highly suspect. For one, Moroccan Jewry has cohanic lineages of its own, and the name "Shapiro" does not appear once. The fact of the matter is, Shapiro is an Eastern European Ashkenazi name. --108.48.53.11 (talk) 16:16, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

Arabs[edit]

Why doesn't the article mention Arabs, who frequently have Y-chromosomes of the J-haplotype? --41.151.140.174 (talk) 09:37, 1 December 2013 (UTC)