A 1999 DNA study of the Lemba identified a specific genetic marker that is common among Jewish men of families named Cohen.Cohen (or Cohane) comes from the Biblical Hebrew word for "priest," and men in this Jewish family are understood to be descendents of the Israelite priesthood.
The Bible is clear that the Ark of the Covenant was a repository of holy articles.
Continue reading This article was first published in the March 2008 ABR Newsletter. This time it comes from a world-renowned, truly distinguished, widely published scholar who is speaking from his field of expertise.
Tudor Parfitt is professor of Jewish Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
While not Jewish himself, his research focuses on the history of the Jews in Africa and Asia, Judaizing movements and modern Hebrew language and literature.
In his latest book, The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year Old Mystery of the Fables Biblical Ark (Harper Collins, 2008), Parfitt suggests he knows what happened to the lost Ark of the Covenant as an outgrowth of his life's work-tracking the lost tribes of Israel in Africa and Asia.