I am currently
in the midst of writing a book in Hebrew on the Dividic
dynasty; a panaromic look at the Davidic Kings, the Exilarchs
of Babylonia and the Patriarchs of Israel. Any info you
have on the subject would be much appreciated.
The line of Babylonian Exilarchs came to an end in 1270
following the destruction of the Abbassid Empire by the
Moguls 12 years earlier. However, the office has been revived
700 years later in 1970 by Naim Dangoor in the new dispersion
of Babylonian Jewry.
The office is
backed by The Exilarch's Foundation, a charitable establishment,
to which Mr Dangoor has endowed £25 million.
Please refer to Issue No. 74 (now in its 31st year) where
you will find correspondence
between David Hughes, a reader and the Editor, relating
to this subject.
After 100 or
more generations the genes of David are so diluted that
they become universal and meaningless. None of the old family
trees claimed today can be said to be authentic without
any reasonable doubt.
The book I am currently working on will focus on the history
and genealogy of the House of David beginning with King
David until the last of the Judean Kings (Part 1), a look
at the Exilarchs and the Nesiim in Judea (part 2).
Finally a look at the the latter day Davidic families. Another
section will deal with the gentile royal families who claim
Davidic descent such as the British Royal house as well
as the Ethiopian Royal family (which claims descent of Menelik,
son of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba).
I am not trying
to represent any particular point of view (other maybe than
to show the fulfillment of the Biblical promise that the
House of David shall never whither). The book is meant for
scholar and layman alike. I am actually currently in touch
with Susan Roth who heads an organisation whose purpose
is to gather all the descendants of David together http://www.davidicdynasty.org
I am also in touch with Yosef Dayan, a member of the Davidic
Dayan family of Syrian Jewish origin.
About my own
Genealogy, I have discovered that my family is descended
of Rabbi Jonah Teumim Fraenkel, a renowned Polish Rabbi
who was descended of Rashi (who was of the seed of Hillel
the Prince). I am also descended of the Bohemian sage Rabbi
Lowe the elder who was directly descended of Rav Sherira
Gaon who wrote in his famous Igeret that he is of the family
of the Exilarchs and of the seed of David. I hope to list
my entire genealogy on my website sometime in the near future.
I would appreciate
if you can send me any materials that may aid me in my research.
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