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Proxima Centauri 18:12, 16 October 2011 (CDT)
- Seems like there is not so much going on around here... Where are all the editors? Cush 12:39, 17 October 2011 (CDT)
Israelites vs Jews
You're right, at the time of Exodus it was the Israelites, the Jews came later when the tribe of Judah was the most important remaining tribe. Proxima Centauri 11:10, 29 October 2011 (CDT)
- Although modern Jews claim that Israelites and Jews are synonymous, they are not. Ancient Jews were those few Israelites who returned from the so-called Babylonian Captivity and who mingled with the population that had been settled in Cannan (partially by force) while the Israelites were away. The populace that later became generally known as Jews descended only in small parts from Israelites.
- The most central distinction between Jews and Israelites of course is religion. Israelites never had any form of monotheism (i.e. the Bible is lying). Judaism came into existence when those who returned from the Babylonian Captivity brought with them Mesopotamian and Persian ideas and traditions which they applied to their own gods. Prior to the Babylonian Captivity Israelites had worshiped basically the same pantheon as everybody else in the region. El had a wife (Asherah) and a son (Hadad, generally called Baal). It is not certain whether El and Yahweh had already been merged into one deity at that time. Anyways, only in the 6th to 5th century BCE did Jewish monotheism form. That is also when oral and written accounts of Jewish religion began to be made.
- Ancient Judaism bears strong parallels with Zoroastrianism, and the later Christian sect of Judaism even more so. Go figure. Cush 14:49, 29 October 2011 (CDT)