A question about Hebrew Geneology.

If this has been asked/answered already I appologize, I did a search, but didn’t see anything obvious so am assuming that it hasn’t been.

The question is this, does the House of David still exist genelogically, and if it does, do its members know this? I mean does any one alive today have genelogical trees that show decent from King David?

Just something I was pondering while skimming the bible myth thread.

There’s a hang of a lot of sites on this.

http://www.google.com/search?q=+"King+David"+jewish+genealogy&hq=&hl=en&lr=&safe=off is Google search I did.

And here’s some of the sites, including the usual bunch of hopefuls declaring the British Queen as part of that big wide family:

They probably do know about it, Narile.

Thanks. Was just curious.

I don’t know if anyone today can conclusively prove they are descended from David, but there are a number of families that do claim descent from him.

In addition, there are a number of individuals in the past who are known to descend from David and are universally accepted as Davidic descendants. One would simply need to prove descent from one of them. One famous example is Rashi, the noted Bible and Talmud commentator who lived in France from 1035-1100.

Zev Steinhardt

Of course, there is always the question of “what constitutes proof?” Zev correctly identifies what would be viewed as “proof” within the traditional Jewish community. However, that’s far from “proof” that might be accepted by a scientific board of inquiry. Such a board of inquiry would need to start with the problem that there’s no “proof” (beyond Biblical texts) of the existence of King David himself, at least not at the moment of this writing (Biblical Archaeology is a fast-developing field.)

There is a stone inscription that (most likely) refers to “House of David”, implying the existence of a Davidic dynasty, and thus indirectly implying the existence of a King David to start the dynasty. However, that’s far from conclusive.

I just got the following text from a Jewish genealogical mailing list:

The problem with descent from Rashi is that Rashi himself only had daughters, so no one would be able to claim the kingship on his account, as it must be a straight father-to-son line. And I’m pretty sure that Rashi was an only child.

However, there are other families whose descent from King David had been accepted by their contemporaries. I suppose the Exilarchs of Baghdad descended from Bustenai (there are records of them at least into the 11th or 12th centuries)might have some claimed descendants.

One is, of course, reminded of Pooh-Bah, who can trace his ancestry back to a “pre-Adamic primordial blob of protoplasm.”

(I’m going from memory, so I may have got that a bit off.)

From that mailing that curwin quoted:

I don’t see how that implies that this is the only kinship. I mean, even if that’s where the paternal lines converge, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any maternal connections more recently. In fact, if these are large families, it’s probable that there’s a crossing currently, that is, a living Charlap man who has a living Shealtiel wife, or vice versa.

But the DNA test checks for traits passed down only through the paternal line. So this means that the only “paternal” kinship is from the king.

I just got this from the same mailing list: