am interested in the genealogy of the medieval Jewish Exilarchs
and their descendants. Do any of the issues of the Journal
of Babylonian Jewry published by the Exilarchs Foundation
contain this information, and, if so, how may I obtain the
The Exilarchs Tree of the middle ages appears in the
Babylonian Haggadah published by the Exilarchs Foundation
and is as follows:
ancient line of Exilarchs stopped in 1270 following the
Mongol invasion of the Middle East. The line was restarted
in 1970 by Naim Dangoor, exactly 700 years afterwards.
the ancestry of Mr Dangoor be traced from the medieval Jewish
exilarchs without breaks? I read that Mr Dangoor revived
the exilarchate. Does that mean that he is the recognised
Royal Davidic heir? I do not know the traditions of the
Dangoor family, but perhaps they are of royal Davidic descent
but have lost their pedigree. I am writing a book on the
subject - that is why I wanted to know more about the Dangoor
fact is that at various times in Jewish history after attempted
revolts and endeavours to reform our Nation all known descendants
of King David were rounded up and massacred, both by the
Persians as well as by the Romans.
as Time Magazine pointed out recently, after ten generations
every ancestor would have some 1000 descendants. Thus after
100 generations every Jew must carry some of King Davids
genes. This would even be more pronounced among Babylonian
claims to a direct descent from King David cannot be proved
without a shadow of doubt.
the meantime, any person who finds himself better qualified
for the title is invited to come forward."
was browsing the web in search of information on the office
of the Exilarch.
Most modern references do not include reference to them
I am pursuing my genealogy, and for anyone who has used
"Royalty for Commoners" the link between the Exilarchs
and European Royalty is through Theodoric of Septimania,
aka Machir ben Habibai, who was Judiarch of Narbonne, etc;.
In your reply to Annessa Main or Lander, Wyoming, you offered
to send "by post a copy of the Babylonian Haggadah
where you will find on page 91 the earlier generations of
Exilarchs and on page 90 all the previous kings to King
How could I trouble you for the same?
The lineage is a fascinating one. There is a connection
of Rab Abba Arika of the academy in Sura, and of course
its connection to David, and interestingly to the
From what I have put together Theodoric Machir was the son
of Habibai, son of Mar Natronai, son of Mar Nechemiah, son
of Haninai bar Adol, and ultimately to King David.
Habibais mother was the daughter of Hisdai Shahrijar,
who was the daughter of Exilarch Bustenai ben Hanina and
Izdundad Sassanid, daughter of Yazdegerd III, the last of
I would like to learn more about the Exilarchs, their link
to David and European Royalty, and I imagine you would be
an authoritative source for this.
If this is possible, Id be delighted to hear back
Above is the Exilarch's Tree as found in the Babylonian
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