Sometimes they were the persecutors and at other times, they were persecuted. During their persecuted years, they were constantly being driven out of or migrating away from their homes. Early on, they went to eastern countries near their original homeland but some reports have the Jews going up to the lands now claimed by Britain. What is distinctive about the Jews is that they maintained strong ties with other Jews and endured through very difficult times. They obviously were a proud and stubborn group of folks and it was no doubt irritating to various factions yet this tenacity has saved a unique culture and left much of it intact and thriving. Even if you can’t prove your suspicions of Jewish ancestry, look at the bible as not just a religious book but also a book chronicling origins through two tumultuous millenniums.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy a how-to for uncovering ancient Jewish ancestry available at Amazon and B&N.