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I would like to add to Dr. Brown’s explanation concerning the Scythians and Ashkenaz. As it happens, this is my field.
We know that Ashkenaz was a descendant of Noah, according to the Table of Nations. The name “Ashkenaz,” therefore, can also refer to the REGION that was allotted to this man. This region corresponds to modern-day Russia and Ukraine. An Ashkenazi Jew is one who hails from this region — in other words, a Russian or Eastern European Jew. This is not to say that the Jews are related to Ashkenaz, only that these particular Jews settled in this land, the land of Ashkenaz. It is a geographic term. An American Jew is not a Native American, by the same token. This geographical region was known (and still is, although it is a dated term) as Scythia. This is the historic name for the lands of Russia.
“Scythian” is the Greek rendering. “Ashkenaz” is the Assyrian rendering. The Scythians called themselves Scolot or Shkelet in their own language. The meaning is “to shoot [as in, an arrow]” or “to go, to roam, to traverse, etc.”
The Scythians were an Indo-European-speaking people (classified as an Iranian people, although that is a linguistic, not an ethnic, term) and the indigenous people of much of Central Asia. Some speculate that the Scythians, who were horse domesticators, introduced the use chariots to parts of the Near East. They may have also had a presence in parts of the Levant, hence place names like Ashkelon.
It’s a fascinating subject.
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