Jew or Israelite?

Jew or Israelite?
From the Old Testament to historic text pertaining to the Exodus and Moses, with God giving the lands of the Canaanites to the Israelites after their supposed escape from Egypt.  Dated according to the Israel Chronology to the year 1559 BCE.  With the territory we know today since 1948 being caller Israel, which mimicked the ancient name for the United Kingdom of Israel.  Which began with the 1st year of the reign of king Saul, 1152 BCE, to the final year of the reign of king Solomon in 932 BCE.  In the year 931 BCE, the United Kingdom of Israel was divided into two kingdoms.  The new kingdom of Israel in the north, and the new kingdom of Judah in the south.  The problem is with the southern new kingdom of Judah, and is the topic of my discussion.  The New Testament refers to it as Judaea or Judea, owing to the conquest of the kingdom of Judah in 599 BCE.  (The north kingdom of Israel (931 BCE) ended with it conquest by the Assyrians in 721 BCE.).
My point is the terminology.  We are told that the origin of the word Jew, comes from the ancient people that were born and inhabited the region of the kingdom of Judah.  Today, all descendants of these people, wherever they live in the world, are called Jews, or Israelis if they live in modern Israel.  The term Jew is an anglicized name given to them over the centuries, its origin comes from Yehudi (lit. ’of Judah’).  Just like my country, which was given the name Walas, meaning foreign, which mutated to Wales by the Germanic people that invaded our ancient homeland in 449 CE.  Yes, what you term England was once part of our Island home, Prydain/Britain.
However, we Cymry (Welsh) call our homeland:


France—La France.



USA—Foreign abbreviations translated for the USA, such as Welsh: UDA; French: É.-U. A; German: V.S.v A.

As you can see, every nation has its own placename in its native tongue, the fault being the world map being anglicized, and the English speakers given the English version of a country’s name.  So, being a Jew, may be incorrect, pre se.

As ancient coinage minted in Jerusalem, such as rare Shekels, were issued in Jerusalem during the second year of the Jewish War (66-70 CE) against the Roman legions led by Titus. The obverse side (front face) of the coin shows a chalice and the ancient paleo-Hebrew inscription translated to read “Shekel of Israel,” with the date (Year 2) in Hebrew letters above the chalice. The reverse side (back face) of the coin shows a stem with three pomegranates and carries the inscription “Jerusalem the holy.” The Thick Silver Shekel dated the year 67 C.E.

The shekel coinage states “Shekel of Israel” not “Shekel of Judaea,” or “Shekel of Yehudi.”  The people, fighting the Roman, saw themselves not as Jews, but as Israelites.  What do you say?
Jeanne, J.E. pp. Jero Jones.


Jero Jones

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