Kohanim genetic testing
The definition of Kohanim genetic testing is a research process in which DNA from members of the Jewish group Kohanim are tested to determine whether they are descended from a common ancestor.
Facts About the Kohanim
- The Kohanim are those within the Jewish community who are direct descendants through a genetic line that theoretically can be traced all the way back to the biblical Aaron.
- The word Kohanim translates to "priest," and those considered to be of this lineage have historically performed special duties and held specific positions within the religion.
- Today the Kohanim are identified among themselves, and still answer to slightly different laws within Judaism, but their position is much less distinct than it used to be.
- Genetic testing shows that 30% of the Kohanim males tested did share a specific feature on the Y-chromosome which indicates a common male ancestor.
An example of Kohanim genetic testing is a blood test and chromosome analysis to match against known Kohanim.