FREE booklet :The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy
The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy
¬ Two Nations That Changed the World
¬ God's Commitment to Abraham and His Descendants
¬ What Is a Biblical Covenant?
¬ How God Shaped Israel's Future?
¬ Does God Keep His Word?
¬ How Jacob Became Abraham's Heir
¬ Israel's Golden Age
¬ With Justice for All
¬ International Trade: A Source of Solomon's Wealth
¬ God's Covenant With David
¬ From Empire to Exile
¬ Were All the People of the Northern Kingdom Deported?
¬ Are All Israelites Jews?
¬ The Mysterious Scythians Burst Into History
¬ The Geography of Celtic-Scythian Commerce
¬ Celts and Scythians Linked by Archaeological Discoveries
¬ Linguistic Links: What's in a Name?
¬ The Label Celt and Celtic Secrecy
¬ Prophecies of Israel's Resettlement in Northwestern Europe
¬ Britain and the United States Inherit Joseph's Birthright
¬ Benjamin Disraeli: Maestro of Empire
¬ Advocates of British-Israelism
¬ The Bible In British and American History
¬ From Punishment to Destiny
¬ Dual Fulfillment in Bible Prophecy
   
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Are All Israelites Jews?

Today almost everyone identifies the name Israel with the Jews. Most people assume the Jewish people are the sole remaining descendants of the ancient nation of Israel. This assumption, however, is incorrect. Technically the Jews are descendants of two of the Israelite tribes: Judah and Benjamin, plus a considerable part of a third, the priestly tribe of Levi.

Unknown to most, 10 other tribes in ancient Israel were never called Jews. These northern tribes were historically distinct and politically separate from the Jews, their brothers to the south who formed the kingdom of Judah, from which the term Jew was derived.

The northern coalition of tribes, the kingdom or house of Israel, had already become an independent nation, separate from the house of Judah, by the time the word Jew first appears in the biblical narrative. In fact, the first time the term appears in the King James Version of the Bible, Israel was at war with the Jews
(2 Kings 16:5-6).

Are all Israelites Jews? No. Jews—the citizens and descendants of the kingdom of Judah—are indeed Israelites, but not all Israelites are Jews. Since all 12 tribes, including Jews, are descendants of their father Israel (Jacob), we can apply the term Israelite to all of the tribes. The term Jew, however, is accurate only for the tribes that comprised the kingdom of Judah and for their descendants.


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