A Modern-day Descendant of Moses

David Cameron
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
2010 to 2016

Moses was the great Hebrew leader who brought Israel out of Egypt.

His cousin is alive today.

According to a story in the Daily Mail,, David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, may be directly descended from Moses.

According to the Article published in the Daily Mail,

As the fifth cousin once removed of the Queen, David Cameron’s family tree was already looking pretty illustrious.

But Jewish scholars now believe that the Tory leader could also be a direct descendant of the biblical Hebrew prophet, Moses.

It was always known that Cameron’s great-great-grandfather was the Jewish banker Emile Levita, who came to Britain as a German immigrant in the 1850s.

And now Dr Yaakov Wise at the University of Manchester has traced Cameron’s ancestry traced right back to a famous Jewish scholar of the 16th century.

Emile Levita was a wealthy banker who became a director of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, which had offices in Threadneedle Street in the City.

Dr Wise has discovered that Emile Levita was himself a descendant of Elijah Levita, who lived from 1469-1549 and who pioneered Hebrew linguistic research during the Tudor period.

Elijah Levita also wrote what is thought to be the first ever Yiddish novel – called the Bove-bukh (The Book of Bove) written in 1507 and printed in 1541.

Levita is the Latin form of the name Levite, a Jew descended from the Tribe of Levi, the son of Jacob and one of the original twelve tribes of Israel.

He said: ‘It is possible that Cameron is a direct descendant of Moses or, at least, a cousin.

Read the story here.

NOTE: For a complete list of studies on Moses, read my post Studies on Moses.

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary



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7 Responses to A Modern-day Descendant of Moses

  1. Or, you could just say, "David Cameron's DNA may carry the Cohen Modal Haplotype" and leave it at that.


  2. goulablogger says:

    Who was it said to be descended from Adam was honor and shame enough for anyone?

    Chuck Grantham


  3. Theophrastus says:

    Levites form about 1/25th of the world Jewish population.Regarding Darrell's comments about genetic tracing, Levites (on average) display distinct genetic characteristics to Kohanim; see, for example here or here.


  4. Claire Clifford-Fennell says:

    Hello – I am a direct descendant of Moses – he is my 62 times Great Grandfather. I can trace him person to person in my Family tree


    • Claire,

      I am glad to know that you are a descendant of Moses. I have to say that I am very skeptical of anyone being able to trace their relatives that far back, but I will take your word that you and Moses are related.

      Thank you for visiting my blog.

      Claude Mariottini


      • Claire Clifford-Fennell says:

        I completely understand your scepticism Claude!

        https://ancstry.me/2ImlF3o Here is my Family tree – feel free to check it out

        I do apologise – Moses is my 58 times Great Uncle not my Great Grandfather.

        All the best – Claire


      • Claire,

        I mean no criticism about your claims. The problem I see is that it is very difficult to keep reliable records over a period of more than 3,000 years. If your records are correct, you belong to a great family.

        Claude Mariottini


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