Hi. I’m sure there is a thread about this, but I couldn’t find one. So here goes.
All of this talk about this ABC special about Jesus marrying Mary Magdalene and bearing children (the Da Vinci Code business) has got me wondering. What is the longest confirmed bloodline with living relatives? Are there people alive who can trace their families with relative certainty for over 2000 years? How far back do the Royal Houses of Europe trace their ancestry? Any descendants of emperors of old dynasties of China around? I am guessing it is probably a Chinese family as IIRC they are pretty meticulous about these things.
Now, I know that there are a number of factors here – specifically how well confirmed does something have to be in order to claim it as “truth”, etc. And I know there are those making extraordinary claims. I have read some, er, interesting sites (warning, hardcore loony fundamentalism) about Mary Magdalene and Jesus’s children fleeing to the South of France and starting the line of Merovingian kings with relatives into the present. Since Jesus, according to the New Testament, was descended from David, it would seem that this line could stretch back well over 2500 years. Also, some claim the Stone of Scone was brought over to Ireland by the Prophet Jeremiah with the daughters of Zedekiah. Apparently it was previously the rock on which Jacob rested his head and dreamed his little dream. According to these guys, the Stewart Clan of Scotland are descendants of Jesus and are seeking to be enthroned as the new House of David. Who knew that the star of Vertigo was a fractional deity? But there isn’t much mainstream historical evidence to back this up. We start to get into wacky Illuminati land (fnord to be safe) and I want to stay out of wacky Illuminati land.
So what are the longest and best-supported pedigrees on the planet?