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Ashkenaz

Ashkenaz
  
In the Babylonian Talmud (Yoma 10a) the biblical Gomer, the father of Ashkenaz, is rendered as "Germania," although in its original context the reference is to Germanikia in northwestern Syria (cf. Gen. R. 37:1; TJ, Meg. 1:11, 71b).
 
The translation of “Scythia” into Hebrew would be “Ashkenaz.” The national language of these Scythians in the early middle ages was Gothic. Their rulers were various turkic dynasties. One of which was the Khazars. With the addition of 10% Hebrew this Gothic became proto Yiddish.
 
Some have identified the children of Ashkenaz with the Scythians (Assyrian Ishkuza).[citation needed] However, in Hebrew the word Askhenaz designates the region of middle Europe now known as Germany.[13] It has been conjectured that the term in the original Hebrew was Ashkuz, but that it became Ashkenaz when the Hebrew letter waw was accidentally miscopied as the similar-looking letter nun at some early stage of the transmission.[citation needed] Irish Genealogy traces itself to Ibath, son of Gomer (thought to be a form of Riphath).[citation needed]
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