“The Zebulun Tribe and the Druze”

Are the Druze descendants of the Zebulun tribe?

I. First Witness:

The answer is yes! according to the interview published in the Israel News newspaper on October 10, 2010 by Knesset Representative of Israel, Druze MK Ayoub Kara (Likud).

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/140251

When speaking about the beliefs of the Druze, Ayoub Kara Druze, representative in the Knesset of Israel, said:

“All our prophets are Jewish ones – Moses, Judah, Jethro, and Zevulun, the son of Jacob.” In fact, he says, the Druze are likely one of the lost tribes of the Jewish people – probably Zevulun, considering his special status among them.

He goes further to explain that the Druze cannot be Muslim in Origen, since:

“Only among Druze do you find a red Star of David, in homes, cemeteries, and places of worship,” Kara says. “This is one sign that has been open and visible for centuries, unlike most of the other ones, yet few have noticed.”

Ayoub Kara explains that for the Druze to survive the sword of Islam and persecutions of Christianity, the Druze had to become a secretive group of people, adapting to Islam, or Christianity as the times call for, so they could continue to live.

““Unlike Jews and Christians, who have the status of “people of the Book” among Muslims, and are therefore are given some basic rights, Druze are simply heretics to Islam, and such heretics must be either converted or eliminated,” Kara explains. In fact, Druze were massacred by Muslims on several occasions, and “it would have been much worse if they had identified themselves as Jews.” As a result, the Druze initially converted to Christianity and subsequently took on a Muslim identity – but through it all, they never forgot their Jewish identity.”

The Druze is a secret religion and it is very hard to find the facts that corroborate what Kara is telling us…They concealed and disguised their beliefs not only to survive, but also to protect themselves and their brethren in Lebanon, Syria, Israel and a total of about 1,000,000- 2,500,000 scattered around the whole world.

 

Druze

Total population

1,000,000 to 2,500,000

Regions with significant populations

     Syria 700,000[1]
     Lebanon 400,000[1]
     Israel 100,000[1]
     Jordan 20,000[2]
Outside the Middle East 100,000
     United States 20,000[3]
     Canada 10,000
     Venezuela 5,000
     Australia 3,000[4]
     Colombia 3,000
     United Kingdom <1,000

Religions

Unitarian Druze

Scriptures

Qur’an, Rasa’il al-hikmah (Epistles of Wisdom)

Languages

Arabic
English
Hebrew (in Israel)
French (in Lebanon and Syria)

Spanish (in Colombia and Venezuela)

Druze flag’s five colors: 1) Green = Mind    2) Red =Soul      3) Yellow= The Word/Logos    4) Blue = Past   5) White = Future

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes they depict the five colors as a five point star,

 

 

 

not to be confused with the Magen Red star of David that is a six point star and the Druze used it in their burials, business, homes etc., according to Knesset member Ayoub Kara.

Magen David  6pt.Star.

 

 

 

 

During my surfing in Hebrew sites I found a black and white picture showing the flag of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Druze soldiers in 1948. The picture is in the Druze page at Snunit site which is the Jerusalem University site. The flag has four horizontal stripes and a triangle with a Magen David on it. I saw the real IDF flag and the order of stripes is the same as the regular Druze flag (red-yellow-blue-white with a white Magen David on the green hoist triangle).
Dov Gutterman, 8 September 1998 and 9 May 1999”

http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/il_druze.html

II Witness.

The Jewish virtual library seems to agree that the Druze may come from Zebulun:

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Society_&_Culture/druze.html

What do they believe?

The Druze consider their faith to be a new interpretation of the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For them, the traditional story of the Creation is a parable, which describes Adam not as the first human being, but as the first person to believe in one god. Since then, the idea of monotheism has been disseminated byemissariesor prophets, guided by “mentors” who embody the spirit of monotheism. The mentors and prophets come from all three religions, and include Jethro and Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth, and Salman the Persian and Mohammedall reincarnations of the same monotheistic idea. In addition, the Druze hold other influential people – regardless of their religion – in great esteem, as the advocates of justice and belief in one god. These include the Egyptian Akhenaton, the Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, and Alexander the Great.

The Druze have an annual festival where they visit the tomb of Sabalan, But who is Sabalan?

Sabalan’s Tomb

Sabalan was a Druze prophet, believed to be either Zebulun, the sixth son of the Patriarch Jacob, or one of the emissaries who propagated the Druze religion in the eleventh century. Sabalan’s tomb is located above the Druze village of Hurfeish (see Druze towns and villages). It is the site of an annual festive pilgrimage and is visited throughout the year by those who have taken a vow to do so…. The village of Hurfeish is in Israel, situated on the road that runs east from the coastal town of Nahariya, and the site of the tomb of the important prophet Sablan. On September 10th each year, Druze come to celebrate his festival in the village. In 1972, a monument was erected in Hurfeish in memory of Druze soldiers who fell serving with the Israel Defense Forces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y-Chromosome Haplogroup among the Druze:

 

Druze only marry Druze within the same village or the same geographical area, they do  not allow “new converts” into the religion, thus remaining genetically isolated…They claim to have been founded by different groups about  the year 1000 AD, but since then no one outside has been allowed into their group.

But the Y-Haplogroups that we find among the Druze are:  J, E1b1b1, R, just like the three main groups found among the Jews living today… In Etz Yoseph those three groups depict the blessings of Judah, Levi, Simeon, Ephraim and Manasseh …

http://web.mit.edu/shalevi/www/shlush_druze.pdf

“Analysis of NRY haplogroup frequencies demonstrated that the most frequent NRY haplogroup among the Druze was J (32.2%) followed by haplogroup E (18.9%) and haplogroup R (18.2. %).”

But we also find among the Druze in smaller numbers: haplogroup “L” and haplogroup “G”. And we do not know the Torah blessings that they have in their paternal genealogy.

 Y- haplogroup L in the Levant:

L was found in 51% of Syrians from Al-Raqqah, a northern Syrian city in which its previous inhabitants have been wiped out by the Mongols by and repopulated in recent times by local Bedouin populations and Chechen war refugees.[6] In a small sample of Israeli Druze (35%). However, studies done on bigger samples showed that L-M20 averages 5% in Israeli Druze,[7] 8% in Lebanese Druze,[8]and it was not found in a sample of 59 Syrian Druze. Haplogroup L has been found in 2.0% (1/50)[9] to 5.25% (48/914)[10] of Lebanese.

 

Y-Haplogroup G in the Levant.

Other groups with a significant G frequency include Catalan-speaking northern Sardinians and the Druze, who are about 18% G2a.

http://www.isogg.org/tree/ISOGG_HapgrpG09.html

Is one of these two Y- haplogroups Zebulun?

We have one L and one G in Etz Yoseph.

L

12

22

15

10

13-17

11

12

13

12

14

28

 

G

14

22

15

10

14-15

11

13

12

13

11

29

We appreciate information on the subject of Y-Haplogroups L, G, Zebulun and the Druze, so we can continue in the quest of trying to identify the 12 Tribes of Israel.

James (Ya’acov) 1:1 — 1 James (Ya’acov), a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings

Brachot Ahavta Yeshua!  Blessings in the Love of Yeshua!

ברכות אהבת ישוע

Alex C. Perdomo MD & Georgina Chan Perdomo MD

www.etzyoseph.org

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