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After talking to a few people, the opinion has come up that the there is absolute no DNA evidence of this as being true. The opinion has also come up that this movement isn't a particularly trustworthy one. How would you refute such a claim (as I am sure it is normally expected)?
How would I go about doing an independent or any study about genetic traces, etc? With some skepticism, I'd need to see which side has more of a claim. Especially when the opinion has been made that Brit-Am really has no weight to it?
You are not being very specific.
If there is DNA evidence against Brit-Am let us know what it is.
We deal with DNA questions.
On the whole our overall impression is that DNA findings as they now stand are ambiguous and may just as well be taken as confirming Brit-Am as being against it. Also DNA research is more fluid and uncertain than as presented. DNA opinion on many issues is liable to change drastically.
People believe what they want. Someone who does not want to accept Brit-Am will always be able to find justification for not doing so.
Are the people you spoke to referring specifically to Brit-Am or to the idea in general?
Apart from DNA where the results are NOT negative but rather still uncertain,
Brit-Am bases its belief on the Bible, on History, on Linguistics, and related studies, and on an appeal to Hebraic Instinct.
The Bible says the Lost Ten Tribes are where Brit-Am says they are, i.e. amongst Western Nations.
History (especially in the light of recent findings) shows that Brit-Am beliefs are feasible.
Linguistics shows that in Wales and Ireland they once spoke a language similar to Hebrew.
Hebraic Instinct means that in your heart you are prepared to accept the possibility that Brit-Am is correct.
Brit-Am however does not say that everybody in the West is of Israelite descent, only a significant proportion.
Non-Israelties are also present.
We have encountered the phenomenon of people whose gut reaction completely and utterly rejects Brit-Am altogether.
Perhaps this emanates from a non-Israelite inheritance?
[On the other hand many modern Europeans have been subjected to a de facto brain-washing process against the Bible that makes Brit-Am type beliefs more difficult to accept as compared with Americans, and Australians, etc. ]
The task of Brit-Am is to learn what can be learned and share this knowledge with others.
After that every individual must reach their own inner resolution.
God bless you
Excuse me if I didn't understand completely everything you said. Do you think that Philistines come mainly from the island of Crete or not?
The Philistines are described as coming from the Island of Caphtor [probably Cyprus], being related to the Egyptians, and also as being Cananites.
We assume that the mass of the population were Canaanites upon whom was superimposed a group of foreigners.
The foreigners were the bearers of both Minoan [Crete] and Mycenean [Ancient Greek] cultures.
They had links and other colonies on the north Syrian coast and in Anatolia.
They were also associated with Ancient Crete.
15 'Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Because the Philistines dealt vengefully and took vengeance with a spiteful heart, to destroy because of the old hatred,' 16 therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethites and destroy the remnant of the seacoast. 17 I will execute great vengeance on them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I lay My vengeance upon them.'
The word translated in Ezekiel 25:16 as "Cherethites" in Modern Hebrew is "Craetim" pronounced in Biblical Times as "Craythim" and means "People of Crete" i.e. the expression "Cretan" (from Crete) could be used interchangeably with Philistine.
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