A Redefinition of "Israel"
iriegner at concentric.net
Tue Feb 23 21:30:54 EST 1999
> In a message dated 2/21/99 12:00:34 AM, Lloyd Barre wrote:
>> A unified "Israel" never existed. This notion is a profound
>> This new understanding requires a revised approach both to "Israelite"
>> history, to "Israelite" tradition and to "Israelite" religion in that we are
>> not dealing with one people but with two.
To underscore that "Israelite" as a people encompassing Israel and
Judah is a social construct, I've started to use Judah and Judahite,
and Israel and Israelite to refer to the two political entities and
their people, even though it is a bit awkward. I would like to draw
attention to the fact that real people with real and variant beliefs
and with real, everyday, problems who are not a monolithic, social
construct called "Israel" inhabited this area.
BTW I find it curious that Israel/Jacob from the north gave his name
to the social construct that encompasses the population of both
countries---especially since it is Judah that survives the longest.
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