Important word definitions used throughout this website:Israel -
plural, the collective national Biblical name given to the twelve tribes, Ex. 3:16, that stem from the name given to Jacob who was renamed Israel (the paternal father of the twelve sons that developed into the tribes), Gen. 32:28. The name Israel now refers to the ancient Biblical relatives and descendants of the original tribal people. In time Israel developed as a Kingdom, but in 930 BCE Israel split into two Kingdoms. The tribe named Judah (Yahudah) became it's own Kingdom to the South, 1 Sam. 11: 8; 2 Sam. 20: 1; 1 Kings 12: 16. There after the name Israel was accepted to apply only to the Northern Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom was conquered by Assyria in 721 BCE, 2 Kings 17:6, and in time the people became dispersed all over the globe. Ancient Israel is known today as the lost tribes. The Southern Kingdom of Yahudah lasted until about 586 BCE, when it went into captivity by ancient Babylonia/Persia, 2 Kings 24-25. A few Israelites/Yahudim returned to their ancient Palestinian lands, but most are now also lost to history.
singular, an individual of the collective whole ancient Biblical nation of Israel, i.e. a blood relative of the original true twelve tribes before the division of the Kingdom of Israel in 721 BCE. There are no known relatives or blood descendants living today that can claim to have been spawned by the descendants of the original tribal people of Israel.
is the Biblical belief of the ancient tribal people of Israel that developed under Moses, specifically pertaining to the worship of the Almighty Sovereign Creator named YHWH (Yahweh), to follow His precepts as revealed by him, His commandments, and His principles that were over time, provided by inspiration to the true anointed prophets, who recorded them in the Hebrew Bible for ancient Israel, and for us today.
singular, any individual believer of Israelism (or Yahwism). An adherent to the principles taught throughout the Hebrew Bible, and as taught by Yahshua (Jesus) and his true disciples in the Greek New Testament. A worshiper of the Almighty Sovereign Creator named YHWH (Yahweh), the only redeemer and savior, Isa. 45:22, 47:4.
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