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"Abraham was a Hebrew but he was not technically an Israelite nor was
he a Jew, but Jacob was both a Hebrew and the first Israelite but not
a Jew, while King David (as a member of the Tribe of Judah) was all
three, a Hebrew, an Israelite, and a Judahite (Yehudi, Jew). A
Samaritan, on the contrary, while being both a Hebrew and an Israelite,
is not a Jew".
What a bizarre agglomeration of confusions is found in that single
paragraph! Beginning with the initial assumptions that "Abraham" and
"King David" were individual, historical persons. And the incorrect
quasi-definition of "Jew." And the suggestion that someone could be
simultaneously an "Israelite" -- a member of the Northern Kingdom --
and a "Judahite" -- a member of the Southern Kingdom -- during the
alleged or mythical "United Monarchy," before there was any such
thing as "Israelites" and "Judahites" (the latter except in the sense
of the Tribe of Judah). And the notion that "Hebrew" is an ethnonym.
Post by Harrison Hill
How do the Rastas manage to associate themselves as Israelites?
What brought that on?
You might look into the story of "King Solomon" and the "Queen of Sheba."