OK...as they say about fools rushing in, here I go again despite the rather nasty exchange in the other thread....a mixed history/theology question... In AD70 during the Roman destruction of Jerusalem, all the temple records were burned - which included the birth records used to prove one's lineage from Abraham. Without those pedigrees, how can anyone claim that lineage? Was it not God's way of reminding the world that it is not about a physical pedigree that God is concerned but about the "true" children of Israel - i.e., believers? If God were truly trying to preserve the children of Abraham as the apple of his eye then would he not have protected the reocrds that could prove that lineage? That's not a anti-semitic question by the way, its a legal question. How can you prove your ancestry short of DNA testing without some sort of birth records to back up your claims? Legally, one cannot be considered of a particular pedigree without the papers to back it up.