A Name Is Important

I recently had a comment that said I was not calling the children of Abraham by the correct terms. Basically I was misusing the words Israelite, Hebrew, and Jew. The reference source was the 1980 Jewish Almanac and it said, “Strictly speaking it is incorrect to call an Ancient Israelite a ‘Jew’ or to call a contemporary Jew an Israelite or a Hebrew.” The commenter, I feel, had another reason for informing me of my error (enough said).

In Sid Roth’s book They Thought For Themselves one testimony quoted a rabbis as saying, “You cannot understand the Bible without the Jewish Commentaries” (p 102). So staying in that line of thinking I found in http://judaism.about.com/library/3_askrabbi_o/bl_simmons_hebrews.htm that in the Book of Exodus they were called Israelites (1:1) and Hebrews (1:15). While in Jeremiah 32:12 they were referred to as Jews. Israelite comes from the words Bnei Yisroel or Children of Israel, Hebrew is from Ivri, and Jew is Yehudim because the kings of Israel were from the Tribe of Judah.

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