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History Amidst War: Afghana, the Grandson of King Saul, the first King of Israel


No matter how many years go by, there are those who hold fast and for that we are grateful. I’m speaking of ancestral oral history. Though some will say Afghanistan takes its origins from the Persian word for highlander, there are those who hold fast to oral tradition and insist that it derives from their ancestral line through Afghana, the grandson of King Saul, the first King of Israel. Bani-Israel (which has various spellings) means “Children of Israel”. You may wish to explore your own family origins if you have the surname, Bonte, Banta, Bonnie, etc. , as it may have originated as Bani-Israel and your ancestors did not want it to ever be forgotten.

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