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Genetic study confirms the First Temple destruction

A study on Jewish populations published in the American Journal of Human Genetics shows that the genomes of Middle Eastern and European Jews diverged 2,500 years ago – at the time of the first exile.

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I don’t understand. Were Jews in Europe that early? I thought Jews migrated to Europe during the Roman empire and the european Jewish populations descend from these? How do you make sense of this study?

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