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The genealogy of the Spanish Tuya side of my family is obscure. I stumbled upon Queen Tuya researching the Middle East. I wonder if she was my distant ancestor?


Joseph and Asenath were recorded in Egyptian history using their innocuous pseudonyms Yuya and Tuya (Thuya, Tuyu, or Tjuyu). According to Genesis 41:45, Pharaoh gives Aseneth, the daughter of Potipherah (Pentephres in the Septuagint) priest of On to Joseph as a wife.


Genesis 41

41:41 “See here,” Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I place you in authority over all the land of Egypt.”


41:42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his own hand and put it on Joseph’s. He clothed him with fine linen clothes and put a gold chain around his neck.


41:43 Pharaoh had him ride in the chariot used by his second-in-command, and they cried out before him, “Kneel down!” So he placed him over all the land of Egypt.


41:44 Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your permission no one will move his hand or his foot 83 in all the land of Egypt.”


41:45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah. He also gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, 86 to be his wife. So Joseph took charge of all the land of Egypt.


Was Yuya the Hebrew Joesph? Are the Hyksos the Egyptian name for Isrealites?


Although he [Yuya] never reigned as a pharaoh he was the unseen authority behind the thrones of Amenhotep III and Akhenaton. Lately identified as the prototype for the biblical Joseph, he was the richest man in the world after the pharaoh who promoted him. He possessed many illustrious titles. Pharaoh Amenhotep III awarded him the title "Father of a God," a title later passed to his son Aye. Since his daughter Tiye was the mother of Akhenaton, Yuya was the grandfather of the man who would become the most notorious pharaoh in Egypt's long history. His son Aye, the uncle of Akhenaton, would also go on to be a major player in the story of the Atonists. Yuya and his wife Tuya were among the major educators and caretakers of the young Akhenaton. They were Israelites descended from the Hyksos people and were probably of elite rank within that allegedly foreign race. This is probably the reason why Yuya bore the illustrious title "Father to a Pharaoh." It is believed that one of his wives, Asenath, was the daughter of the chief priest of the sun at Heliopolis. Yuya cleverly arranged matters so that his daughter Tiye married Pharaoh Amenhotep III, the son of Tuthmosis IV, who had first honored him. Yuya (Joseph) was descended from Yakobaam/Jacoba/Jacob, an earlier Hyksos pharaoh. In the bible we are told that Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, hence the Hyksos people can be known as “Israelites.”If Yuya was indeed the same man as the biblical Joseph it is interesting to note that he served as the chief "tax collector" in charge of the seizure and acquisition of many private estates. The seven years of famine also helped Joseph prosper since, as the bible states, the rich of many lands came to Egypt to purchase grain. More importantly, for our investigations, the bible reveals that Joseph's initial benefactor, Potiphar, was a sun priest of the city of On, or Heliopolis. In Hebrew the name Potiphar means "powerful pharaoh" and in Coptic it means "belonging to the sun." In his fine books author, Ahmed Osman, writes about the effect Yuya's mummified visage had upon him. He relates how his discovery of the connection between Yuya and the biblical Joseph led him to his masterly revisionist readings of the bible and Egyptian history.




The Hyksos or Hycsos (/ˈhɪksɒs/ or /ˈhɪksoʊz/;[3] Egyptian heqa khaseshet, "ruler(s) of the foreign countries"; Greek Ὑκσώς, Ὑξώς) were an Asiatic people from West Asia who took over the eastern Nile Delta, ending the Thirteenth dynasty of Egypt and initiating the Second Intermediate Period. According to the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (1st century AD), identified the Hyksos with the Hebrews of the Bible. Josephus identifies the Israelite Exodus with the first exodus mentioned by Manetho, when some 480,000 Hyksos, left Egypt for Jerusalem



Genesis 41:50-52 narrates that Aseneth bore Joseph two sons Manasseh and Ephraim.

Queen Tuya (also called Tuy or Mut-Tuya was the wife of Pharaoh Seti I of Egypt and mother of Princess Tia, Ramesses II and perhaps Henutmire. She was the daughter of Raia who was a military officer based on his title of Lieutenant of the chariotry. Tuya's daughter, Princess Tia, was married to a high ranking civil servant who was also called Tia.

As the mother of Ramesses II, she enjoyed a privileged existence of a respected king's mother and was allowed the opportunity to correspond with the Hittite royal court after the Year 21 peace treaty between Egypt and Hatti put in place by Ramesses II.

In the Biblical narrative, Simeon was covetous of Dinah (Mutemwia). It seems he also sired the firstborn son of Tuya (who we can now say was not one and the same as Mutemwia, but another desirable princess).


Photo of Egyptian Queen. Queen Tiye, daughter of Yuya and Tuya and wife of King Amenhotep III.




Tiye (c. 1398 BC – 1338 BC, also spelled Taia, Tiy and Tiyi) was the daughter of Yuya and Tjuyu (also spelled Thuyu).


She became the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III. She was the mother of Akhenaten and grandmother of Tutankhamun. Her mummy was identified as The Elder Lady found in the tomb of Amenhotep II (KV35) in 2010.

Mutemwiya (also written as Mutemwia or Mutemweya) was a minor wife of Thutmose IV, a pharaoh of Egypt, in the Eighteenth Dynasty and the mother of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Mutemwiya's name means "Mut in the divine bark".


Tomb KV21 is located in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. It contains the mummies of two women, thought to be Eighteenth Dynasty queens. In 2010, a team headed by Dr Zahi Hawass (the head of Egyptian Supreme council of antiquity at that time) and including geneticist Carsten Pusch among others used DNA evidence to identify one mummy as the biological mother of the two fetuses preserved in the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

KV21A still has that very rare allele 16 at the first locus, which she shares with Amenhotep III. 16 shows up in Spain and among the Basque, There are "matches" of haplotype patterns with J2 and T between some of the old Phoenician colony locations (i.e. Cadiz, Spain).

If you ignore the mis-labelling of the KV55 mummy as Akhenaten (at best the attribution is scientifically dubious), this chart of the Tutankhamun lineage is really very nicely done. It reproduces the alleles so that you can see them in the context of a family tree and uses colour coding so that one can easily see the pattern of inheritance. Thanks to Andie for posting it up.

One aspect of the layout can be confusing so take care. Rather than present the two alleles from a single locus above one another, they are shown side by side. So for each mummy the table reads as four pairs of alleles on the top row, and four on the bottom row.

Things to notice are 35 as the top right allele in the entries for Tuyu (Thuya), KV21A and Foetus. It has not been coloured in the chart because the Hawass family tree doesn't explain how the KV21A lady inherited this allele which, remember, is extremely rare in the general population. If she is Ankhesenamun and didn't inherit it from Akhenaten (KV55 doesn't have this allele) she must have inherited it from Neferiti.





+[63] Pedro II the Catholic de Aragón King of Aragón: 1185 in Aragón, Spain or Montpellier, Herault, France,

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