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The Israelites
Israelites
(/ˈɪzriəˌlaɪtsˌ/; Hebrew: בני ישראל‎ Bnei Yisra'el)[1] were a confederation of Iron Age
Iron Age
Semitic-speaking tribes of the ancient Near East, who inhabited a part of Canaan
Canaan
during the tribal and monarchic periods.[2][3][4][5][6] According to the religious narrative of the Hebrew Bible, the Israelites' origin is traced back to the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs Abraham
Abraham
and his wife Sarah, through their son Isaac
Isaac
and his wife Rebecca, and their son Jacob
Jacob
who was later called Israel, from whence they derive their name, with his wives Leah
Leah
and Rachel. Modern archaeology has largely discarded the historicity of the religious narrative,[7] with it being reframed as constituting an inspiring national myth narrative. The Israelites
Israelites
and their culture, according to the modern archaeological account, did not overtake the region by force, but instead branched out of the indigenous Canaanite peoples that long inhabited the Southern Levant, Syria, ancient Israel, and the Transjordan region[8][9][10] through the development of a distinct monolatristic—later cementing as monotheistic—religion centered on Yahweh, one of the Ancient Canaanite deities. The outgrowth of Yahweh-centric belief, along with a number of cultic practices, gradually gave rise to a distinct Israelite ethnic group, setting them apart from other Canaanites.[11][12][13] In the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
the term Israelites
Israelites
is used interchangeably with the term Twelve Tribes of Israel. Although related, the terms Hebrews, Israelites, and Jews
Jews
are not interchangeable in all instances. "Israelites" (Yisraelim) refers specifically to the direct descendants of any of the sons of the patriarch Jacob
Jacob
(later called Israel), and his descendants as a people are also collectively called "Israel", including converts to their faith in worship of the god of Israel, Yahweh. "Hebrews" (ʿIvrim) on the contrary is used to denote the Israelites' immediate forebears who dwelt in the land of Canaan, the Israelites
Israelites
themselves, and the Israelites' ancient and modern descendants (including Jews
Jews
and Samaritans). "Jews" (Yehudim) is used to denote the descendants of the Israelites' who coalesced when the Tribe of Judah
Tribe of Judah
absorbed the remnants of various other Israelite tribes. Thus, for instance, Abraham
Abraham
was a Hebrew but he was not technically an Israelite nor was he a Jew, but Jacob
Jacob
was both a Hebrew and the first Israelite but not a Jew, while King David
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. During the period of the divided monarchy "Israelites" was only used to refer to the inhabitants of the northern Kingdom of Israel, and it is only extended to cover the people of the southern Kingdom of Judah in post-exilic usage.[14] The Israelites
Israelites
are the ethnic stock from which modern Jews
Jews
and Samaritans
Samaritans
originally trace their ancestry.[15][16][17][18][19][20] Modern Jews
Jews
are named after and also descended from the southern Israelite Kingdom of Judah,[8][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30] particularly the tribes of Judah, Benjamin
Benjamin
and partially Levi. Finally, in Judaism, the term "Israelite" is, broadly speaking, used to refer to a lay member of the Jewish ethnoreligious group, as opposed to the priestly orders of Kohanim
Kohanim
and Levites. In texts of Jewish law such as the Mishnah
Mishnah
and Gemara, the term יהודי (Yehudi), meaning Jew, is rarely used, and instead the ethnonym ישראלי (Yisraeli), or Israelite, is widely used to refer to Jews. Samaritans
Samaritans
commonly refer to themselves and to Jews
Jews
collectively as Israelites, and they describe themselves as the Israelite Samaritans.[31][32]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Terminology 3 Historical Israelites 4 Biblical Israelites 5 Genetics 6 See also 7 References 8 Bibliography

Etymology

The Merneptah
Merneptah
stele. While alternative translations exist, the majority of biblical archaeologists translate a set of hieroglyphs as Israel, representing the first instance of the name Israel
Israel
in the historical record.

The term Israelite is the English name for the descendants of the biblical patriarch Jacob
Jacob
in ancient times, which is derived from the Greek Ισραηλίτες,[33] which was used to translate the Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew
term b'nei yisrael, יִשְׂרָאֵל as either "sons of Israel" or "children of Israel".[34] The name Israel
Israel
first appears in the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
in Genesis 32:29. It refers to the renaming of Jacob, who, according to the Bible, wrestled with an angel, who gave him a blessing and renamed him Israel
Israel
because he had "striven with God
God
and with men, and have prevailed". The Hebrew Bible
Bible
etymologizes the name as from yisra "to prevail over" or "to struggle/wrestle with", and el, "God, the divine".[35][36] The name Israel
Israel
first appears in non-biblical sources c. 1209 BCE, in an inscription of the Egyptian pharaoh Merneptah. The inscription is very brief and says simply: " Israel
Israel
is laid waste and his seed is not" (see below). The inscription refers to a people, not to an individual or a nation-state.[37] Terminology See also: Hebrews
Hebrews
and Assyrian captivity In modern Hebrew, b'nei yisrael ("children of Israel") can denote the Jewish people
Jewish people
at any time in history; it is typically used to emphasize Jewish ethnic identity. From the period of the Mishna
Mishna
(but probably used before that period) the term Yisrael ("an Israel") acquired an additional narrower meaning of Jews
Jews
of legitimate birth other than Levites and Aaronite priests (kohanim). In modern Hebrew this contrasts with the term Yisraeli (English "Israeli"), a citizen of the modern State of Israel, regardless of religion or ethnicity. The term Hebrew has Eber
Eber
as an eponymous ancestor. It is used synonymously with "Israelites", or as an ethnolinguistic term for historical speakers of the Hebrew language
Hebrew language
in general. The Greek term Ioudaioi (Jews) was an exonym originally referring to members of the Tribe of Judah, which formed the nucleus of the kingdom of Judah, and was later adopted as a self-designation by people in the diaspora who identified themselves as loyal to the God
God
of Israel
Israel
and the Temple in Jerusalem.[38][39][40][41] The Samaritans, who claim descent from the tribes of Ephraim
Ephraim
and Manasseh (plus Levi
Levi
through Aaron
Aaron
for kohens), are named after the Israelite Kingdom of Samaria, but until modern times many Jewish authorities contested their claimed lineage, deeming them to have been conquered foreigners who were settled in the Land of Israel
Israel
by the Assyrians, as was the typical Assyrian policy to obliterate national identities. Today, Jews
Jews
and Samaritans
Samaritans
both recognize each other as communities with an authentic Israelite origin.[42] The terms "Jews" and "Samaritans" largely replaced the title "Children of Israel"[43] as the commonly used ethnonym for each respective community. Historical Israelites See also: History of ancient Israel
Israel
and Judah

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Several theories exist proposing the origins of the Israelites
Israelites
in raiding groups, infiltrating nomads or emerging from indigenous Canaanites driven from the wealthier urban areas by poverty to seek their fortunes in the highland.[44] Various, ethnically distinct groups of itinerant nomads such as the Habiru
Habiru
and Shasu
Shasu
recorded in Egyptian texts as active in Edom
Edom
and Canaan
Canaan
could have been related to the later Israelites, which does not exclude the possibility that the majority may have had their origins in Canaan
Canaan
proper. The name Yahweh, the god of the later Israelites, may indicate connections with the region of Mount Seir
Mount Seir
in Edom.[45] The prevailing academic opinion today is that the Israelites
Israelites
were a mixture of peoples predominantly indigenous to Canaan, although an Egyptian matrix of peoples may also played a role in their ethnogenesis,[46][47][48] with an ethnic composition similar to that in Ammon, Edom
Edom
and Moab,[47] and including Hapiru and Šośu.[49] The defining feature which marked them off from the surrounding societies was a staunch egalitarian organization focused on Yahweh
Yahweh
worship, rather than mere kingship.[47] The language of the Canaanites may perhaps be best described as an "archaic form of Hebrew, standing in much the same relationship to the Hebrew of the Old Testament
Old Testament
as does the language of Chaucer to modern English." The Canaanites were also the first people, as far as is known, to have used an alphabet.[50] The name Israel
Israel
first appears c. 1209 BCE, at the end of the Late Bronze Age and the very beginning of the period archaeologists and historians call Iron Age
Iron Age
I, on the Merneptah
Merneptah
Stele raised by the Egyptian Pharaoh Merneptah. The inscription is very brief

Plundered is Canaan
Canaan
with every evil, Carried off is Ashkelon, Seized upon is Gezer, Yenocam is made as that which does not exist Israel
Israel
lies fallow, it has no seed; Ḫurru has become a widow because of Egypt.[45]

As distinct from the cities named (Ashkelon, Gezer, Yenoam) which are written with a toponymic marker, Israel
Israel
is written hieroglyphically with a demonymic determinative indicating that the reference is to a human group, variously located in central Palestine[45] or the highlands of Samaria.[51] Over the next two hundred years (the period of Iron Age
Iron Age
I) the number of highland villages increased from 25 to over 300[9] and the settled population doubled to 40,000.[52] By the 10th century BCE a rudimentary state had emerged in the north-central highlands,[53] and in the 9th century this became a kingdom.[54] Settlement in the southern highlands was minimal from the 12th through the 10th centuries BCE, but a state began to emerge there in the 9th century,[55] and from 850 BCE onwards a series of inscriptions are evidence of a kingdom which its neighbours refer to as the "House of David."[56] After the destruction of the Israelite kingdoms of Judah and Samaria in 586 BCE and 720 BCE respectively,[57][58] the concepts of Jew and Samaritan gradually replaced Judean and Israelite. When the Jews returned from the Babylonian captivity, the Hasmonean kingdom
Hasmonean kingdom
was established in present-day Israel, consisting of three regions which were Judea, Samaria, and the Galilee. In the pre-exilic First Temple Period the political power of Judea
Judea
was concentrated within the tribe of Judah, Samaria
Samaria
was dominated by the tribe of Ephraim
Ephraim
and the House of Joseph, while the Galilee
Galilee
was associated with the tribe of Naphtali, the most eminent tribe of northern Israel.[59][60] At the time of the Kingdom of Samaria, the Galilee
Galilee
was populated by northern tribes of Israel, but following the Babylonian exile
Babylonian exile
the region became Jewish. During the second Temple period relations between the Jews
Jews
and Samaritans
Samaritans
remained tense. In 120 BCE the Hasmonean king Yohanan Hyrcanos I destroyed the Samaritan temple on Mount Gerizim, due to the resentment between the two groups over a disagreement of whether Mount Moriah in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
or Mount Gerizim
Mount Gerizim
in Shechem
Shechem
was the actual site of the Aqedah, and the chosen place for the Holy Temple, a source of contention that had been growing since the two houses of the former united monarchy first split asunder in 930 BCE and which had finally exploded into warfare.[61][62] 190 years after the destruction of the Samaritan Temple and the surrounding area of Shechem, the Roman emperor Titus
Titus
launched a military campaign to crush the Jewish revolt of 66 CE, which resulted in the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
in 70 CE, and the subsequent exile of Jews
Jews
from Judea
Judea
and the Galilee
Galilee
in 135 CE following the Bar Kochba revolt.[63][64] Biblical Israelites

Map of the Holy Land, Pietro Vesconte, 1321, showing the allotments of the tribes of Israel. Described by Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld
Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld
as "the first non-Ptolemaic map of a definite country"[65]

Model of the Mishkan
Mishkan
constructed under the auspices of Moses, in Timna Park, Israel

The Israelite story begins with some of the culture heroes of the Jewish people, the Patriarchs. The Torah
Torah
traces the Israelites
Israelites
to the patriarch Jacob, grandson of Abraham, who was renamed Israel
Israel
after a mysterious incident in which he wrestles all night with God
God
or an angel. Jacob's twelve sons (in order of birth), Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin, become the ancestors of twelve tribes, with the exception of Joseph, whose two sons Mannasseh and Ephraim, who were adopted by Jacob, become tribal eponyms (Genesis 48).[66] The mothers of Jacob's sons are:

Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun Rachel: Joseph ( Ephraim
Ephraim
and Menasseh), Benjamin Bilhah (Rachel's maid): Dan, Naphtali Zilpah (Leah's maid): Gad, Asher
Asher
(Genesis 35:22–26)[66]

Jacob
Jacob
and his sons are forced by famine to go down into Egypt, although Joseph was already there, as he had been sold into slavery while young. When they arrive they and their families are 70 in number, but within four generations they have increased to 600,000 men of fighting age, and the Pharaoh of Egypt, alarmed, first enslaves them and then orders the death of all male Hebrew children. A woman from the tribe of Levi
Levi
hides her child, places him in a woven basket, and sends him down the Nile
Nile
river. He is named Mosheh, or Moses, by the Egyptians who find him. Being a Hebrew baby, they award a Hebrew woman the task of raising him, the mother of Moses
Moses
volunteers, and the child and his mother are reunited.[67][68] At the age of forty Moses
Moses
kills an Egyptian, after he sees him beating a Hebrew to death, and escapes as a fugitive into the Sinai desert, where he is taken in by the Midianites and marries Zipporah, the daughter of the Midianite priest Jethro. When he is eighty years old, Moses
Moses
is tending a herd of sheep in solitude on Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai
when he sees a desert shrub that is burning but is not consumed. The God
God
of Israel
Israel
calls to Moses
Moses
from the fire and reveals his name, Yahweh
Yahweh
(from the Hebrew root word 'HWH' meaning to exist), and tells Moses
Moses
that he is being sent to Pharaoh to bring the people of Israel
Israel
out of Egypt.[69] Yahweh
Yahweh
tells Moses
Moses
that if Pharaoh refuses to let the Hebrews
Hebrews
go to say to Pharaoh "Thus says Yahweh: Israel
Israel
is my son, my first-born and I have said to you: Let my son go, that he may serve me, and you have refused to let him go. Behold, I will slay your son, your first-born". Moses
Moses
returns to Egypt and tells Pharaoh that he must let the Hebrew slaves go free. Pharaoh refuses and Yahweh
Yahweh
strikes the Egyptians with a series of horrific plagues, wonders, and catastrophes, after which Pharaoh relents and banishes the Hebrews
Hebrews
from Egypt. Moses
Moses
leads the Israelites
Israelites
out of bondage[70] toward the Red Sea, but Pharaoh changes his mind and arises to massacre the fleeing Hebrews. Pharaoh finds them by the sea shore and attempts to drive them into the ocean with his chariots and drown them.[71] Yahweh
Yahweh
causes the Red Sea
Red Sea
to part and the Hebrews
Hebrews
pass through on dry land into the Sinai. After the Israelites
Israelites
escape from the midst of the sea, Yahweh
Yahweh
causes the ocean to close back in on the pursuing Egyptian army, drowning them to death. In the desert Yahweh
Yahweh
feeds them with manna that accumulates on the ground with the morning dew. They are led by a column of cloud, which ignites at night and becomes a pillar of fire to illuminate the way, southward through the desert until they come to Mount Sinai. The twelve tribes of Israel
Israel
encamp around the mountain, and on the third day Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai
begins to smolder, then catches fire, and Yahweh
Yahweh
speaks the Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments
from the midst of the fire to all the Israelites, from the top of the mountain.[72] Moses
Moses
ascends biblical Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai
and fasts for forty days while he writes down the Torah
Torah
as Yahweh
Yahweh
dictates, beginning with Bereshith and the creation of the universe and earth.[73][74] He is shown the design of the Mishkan
Mishkan
and the Ark of the Covenant, which Bezalel
Bezalel
is given the task of building. Moses
Moses
descends from the mountain forty days later with the Sefer Torah
Torah
he wrote, and with two rectangular lapis lazuli[75] tablets, into which Yahweh
Yahweh
had carved the Ten Commandments in Paleo–Hebrew. In his absence, Aaron
Aaron
has constructed an image of Yahweh,[76] depicting him as a young Golden Calf, and has presented it to the Israelites, declaring "Behold O Israel, this is your god who brought you out of the land of Egypt". Moses
Moses
smashes the two tablets and grinds the golden calf into dust, then throws the dust into a stream of water flowing out of Mount Sinai, and forces the Israelites to drink from it.[77]

Map of the twelve tribes of Israel
Israel
(before the move of Dan to the north), based on the Book of Joshua

Moses
Moses
ascends Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai
for a second time and Yahweh
Yahweh
passes before him and says: 'Yahweh, Yahweh, a god of compassion, and showing favor, slow to anger, and great in kindness and in truth, who shows kindness to the thousandth generation, forgiving wrongdoing and injustice and wickedness, but will by no means clear the guilty, causing the consequences of the parent's wrongdoing to befall their children, and their children's children, to the third and fourth generation'[78] Moses
Moses
then fasts for another forty days while Yahweh
Yahweh
carves the Ten Commandments into a second set of stone tablets. After the tablets are completed, light emanates from the face of Moses
Moses
for the rest of his life, causing him to wear a veil so he does not frighten people.[79] Moses
Moses
descends Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai
and the Israelites
Israelites
agree to be the chosen people of Yahweh
Yahweh
and follow all the laws of the Torah. Moses prophesies if they forsake the Torah, Yahweh
Yahweh
will exile them for the total number of years they did not observe the shmita.[80] Bezael constructs the Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the Covenant
and the Mishkan, where the presence of Yahweh
Yahweh
dwells on earth in the Holy of Holies, above the Ark of the Covenant, which houses the Ten Commandments. Moses
Moses
sends spies to scout out the Land of Canaan, and the Israelites
Israelites
are commanded to go up and conquer the land, but they refuse, due to their fear of warfare and violence. In response, Yahweh
Yahweh
condemns the entire generation, including Moses, who is condemned for striking the rock at Meribah, to exile and death in the Sinai desert.[81] Before Moses
Moses
dies he gives a speech to the Israelites
Israelites
where he paraphrases a summary of the mizwoth given to them by Yahweh, and recites a prophetic song called the Ha'azinu. Moses
Moses
prophesies that if the Israelites
Israelites
disobey the Torah, Yahweh
Yahweh
will cause a global exile in addition to the minor one prophesied earlier at Mount Sinai, but at the end of days Yahweh
Yahweh
will gather them back to Israel
Israel
from among the nations when they turn back to the Torah
Torah
with zeal.[82] The events of the Israelite exodus and their sojourn in the Sinai are memorialized in the Jewish and Samaritan festivals of Passover
Passover
and Sukkoth, and the giving of the Torah
Torah
in the Jewish celebration of Shavuoth.[66][83] Forty years after the Exodus, following the death of the generation of Moses, a new generation, led by Joshua, enters Canaan
Canaan
and takes possession of the land in accordance with the promise made to Abraham by Yahweh. Land is allocated to the tribes by lottery. Eventually the Israelites
Israelites
ask for a king, and Yahweh
Yahweh
gives them Saul. David, the youngest (divinely favored) son of Jesse
Jesse
of Bethlehem
Bethlehem
would succeed Saul. Under David
David
the Israelites
Israelites
establish the united monarchy, and under David's son Solomon
Solomon
they construct the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, using the 400-year-old materials of the Mishkan, where Yahweh continues to tabernacle himself among them. On the death of Solomon and reign of his son, Rehoboam, the kingdom is divided in two.[84] The kings of the northern Kingdom of Samaria
Samaria
are uniformly bad, permitting the worship of other gods and failing to enforce the worship of Yahweh
Yahweh
alone, and so Yahweh
Yahweh
eventually allows them to be conquered and dispersed among the peoples of the earth; and strangers rule over their remnant in the northern land. In Judah some kings are good and enforce the worship of Yahweh
Yahweh
alone, but many are bad and permit other gods, even in the Holy Temple itself, and at length Yahweh
Yahweh
allows Judah to fall to her enemies, the people taken into captivity in Babylon, the land left empty and desolate, and the Holy Temple itself destroyed.[66][85] Yet despite these events Yahweh
Yahweh
does not forget his people, but sends Cyrus, king of Persia to deliver them from bondage. The Israelites
Israelites
are allowed to return to Judah and Benjamin, the Holy Temple is rebuilt, the priestly orders restored, and the service of sacrifice resumed. Through the offices of the sage Ezra, Israel
Israel
is constituted as a holy nation, bound by the Torah
Torah
and holding itself apart from all other peoples.[66][86] Genetics According to the bible Abraham
Abraham
came from Ur of the Chaldeans[87] and the Israelites
Israelites
are descended from the Chaldaeans[88]. Chaldea was a region of ancient Babylonia in what is now southeastern Iraq, the Chaldeans were Semites, a group of people who spoke language related to Aramic.[89] The study of (Al-Zahery) suggests the eastern side of fertile crescent as the homeland of the Y-chromosome haplogroup J, furthermore J(xM172) seems to have had its center in Iraq.[90] In 2000, M. Hammer, et al. conducted a study on 1371 men and definitively established that part of the paternal gene pool of Jewish communities in Europe, North Africa and Middle East came from a common Middle East ancestral population.[91] In another study (Nebel) noted; "In comparison with data available from other relevant populations in the region, Jews
Jews
were found to be much more closely related to groups in the north of the Fertile Crescent (Kurds, Turks, and Armenians) than to their Arab neighbors."[92] See also

Biblical archaeology Groups claiming affiliation with Israelites Lachish relief Masoretic Text Samaritan Pentateuch Tribal allotments of Israel Who is a Jew?

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Israel
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Israel
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Israelites
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Israelites
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Israelites
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"The Jewish people
Jewish people
as a whole, initially called Hebrews
Hebrews
(ʿIvrim), were known as Israelites
Israelites
(Yisreʾelim) from the time of their entrance into the Holy Land
Holy Land
to the end of the Babylonian Exile (538 BC)."

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