A Biblical Approach to Human Phylogenetics
Modern human phylogenetics (see the article at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228970692_Phylogenetic_Tree_Construction_for_Y-DNA_Haplogroups for an introduction to this topic) has been on a misguided course because it has rejected the Bible with its Genesis 10 Table of Nations in favor of the mainstream Darwinian evolutionary model. The standard human phylogenetic tree posited by modern phylogenetics for Y-chromosome DNA haplogroups is displayed at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Y-chromosome_DNA_haplogroup . It rests upon an old earth evolutionary model, and posits that mankind originated in Africa and evolved over large expanses of time. However, the reality is that all of mankind patrilineally descend from the three sons of Noah who lived around 4500 years ago: Shem (S), Ham (H) and Japheth (J). So correct human phylogenetics would seek to classify all mankind according to these three clades and their subclades. For instance, the first level subclades of the Hamitic haplogroup are found in Genesis 10:6: “And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.” And the subclades under Cush are found in Genesis 10:7: “And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.” These are the true haplogroups of mankind, rather than the humanly manufactured hypotheses of modern human phylogenetics. Christians should embrace the true and reject the false.
A sound Biblical Christian human phylogenetics will thus seek to ascertain how the currently observed Y chromosomes genetically tested fit under the Semitic, Hamitic, and Japhetic clades and their subclades. A logical nomenclature for Y-chromosome haplogroups consistent with this sound Biblical Christian human phylogenetics could be as follows:
- The first character would be S, H, or J, corresponding to the three sons of Noah from which all men descend.
- The second character would be a number, corresponding to which numeric son (oldest to youngest) from one of the sons of Noah one descends. For example, the Cushite haplogroup would be H1, and the Mizraim haplogroup (of historic Egyptians) would be H2, utilizing the Genesis 10:6 passage above.
- The third character would be a letter, corresponding to which numeric son from one of the grandsons of Noah one descends. For example, the Sebaite haplogroup would be H1a, and the Sabtahite haplogroup would be H1b, utilizing the Genesis 10:7 passage above.
- The fourth character would be a number again, corresponding to which numeric son from one of the great grandsons of Noah one descends. For example, the Shebaite haplogroup would be H1d1.
- And hence the pattern continues.
It will be necessary to relate the above nomenclature to the nomenclature of standard modern human phylogenetics. For example, this comparison will answer the question which standard haplogroups are Hamitic, which Semitic, and which Japhetic.
In order to seek to derive proper classification, both historical records and genetic tests should be consulted.
If one assumes around 25 years per generation, there are approximately 170 generations to account for someone living today, so a haplogroup descriptive of around 170 characters would provide the complete descent of someone.
Just because one is in a people group dominated by descent from one particular common ancestor does not mean one’s patrilineal ancestor is that same common ancestor. For example, Biblical patriarch Joseph’s sons had patrilineal descent from Shem (S), but ethnically they were half Egyptian (due to their mother), and they were part of a nation in which the dominant people group was Egyptian. So their Y-chromosome haplogroup was S but they were part of a nation where the dominant people group was H2.
A single nucleotide polymorphism in two different individuals does not mean this SNP came into existence in a common ancestor of the two individuals. Indeed, it is possible that some individuals share more SNPs in common with one another even though lacking any common descent, than with many individuals sharing common descent.
I intend to employ this Biblical Christian human phylogenetic approach in the history book of my own genealogy.