Shalom everyone, I have been thinking about this for a while, the Lemba of South Africa and the Falasha People of Ethiopia, for years the Lemba claimed to be descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel escaping Assyrian captivity with their claims being ignored until they were DNA tested and researchers claimed to find Semitic markers in their DNA. With the Falasha People their oral history predates the Ashkenazi Jews history, and claims of them being descendants from Israel via King Solomon sending his son Menlik with 1000 members each from the 12 tribes to Ethiopia. However I have some questions about the groups claims. First with the Lemba, this creates a doubt in my mind a bit since the Israeli government does not seem to be very keen on digging any remains of the decreased Ancient Israelites in the land and testing said remains. Not trying to sound like I have a tin foil hat in my wardrobe, but it just seems too odd to use the CMH (Cohen Modal Haplogroup) considering they have based the test on Haplogroup J test for them and they are are apparently E1B1A. ( Side note, someone made a series of video teachings that the E1B1A haplogroup being used to identify Hebrew Israelites. Which I feel does not properly identify and define a persons Israelite descent.) Secondly since Jewish law uses Matrilineality to determine if a person is Jewish. With that information wouldn't the y- haplogroup research be contrary to be their law and customs, since mitochondrial DNA comes from the mother only and would be consistent with their law. So how could they use DNA testing to prove the Lemba's claims? Now as far the Falasha People in Ethiopia, the oral history of them being descendants via Menlik's caravan raises a few questions, since the story is one of many different basis for the Falasha People's origins bible verses such as Jeremiah 44:1-30 in which Jeremiah writes about The Most High setting his face against Judah for its idolatry with the King Nebuchadrezzar entering Egypt to attack the tribe of Judah leading some to migrate further into Africa which lines up with this verse from Zephaniah (3: 10) says "From beyond the river of Ethiopia my suppliants even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. (Note: In From Babylon to Timbuktu pg. 77 the author Rudolph Windsor explains that Zephaniah was speaking to the Hebrews scattered around and through the region.) However I am pretty there more stories associated with the Falasha's origin, currently I do not have that research. However in light the both groups oral history there is some debate the groups being coverts. What are everyone's thoughts on the matter. I'm open to criticism, correction and new information provided.