Netzarim, Original followers of Yeshua & His 12
Here I'm just posting my view on who or what Yahudi / Jew is.
I may be wrong and I accept that, yet I know some will agree the term is hard to define and there is much argumentation over it. What follows is mostly in note form keeping things brief and seldom elaborated. (Unless I edit it one day)
Abraham begat Yitskhak who begat Ya'acob who became Yisra'el / Yashra'el ((((FIRST ISRAELITE))))
Yisra'el begat several Sons, one is Yahudah / Judah ((((THE FIRST JEW))))
When the nation of Israel split the northern 10 tribes went off into the nations and became paganised, collectively they are called the house of Ephraim or Yoseph.
The southern kingdom comprised of the tribes Yahudah, Benyamin and maybe a bit of Lewi.
Collectively the sothern group became known as Yahudah, as Yahudah is the cheif tribe of the 12 and seeing as the rest of the tribes were out of the picture for a while, the faith of Abraham, those who follow YHWH became known as Yadudim or Jews and the faith adopted the name of Judaism / Yahudaism. The word Israel has thus turned into a blanket statement meaning 'the Jews' but this is really inaccurate and dismisses all the above.
There is another definition to add to the confusion: A worshipper or thanker of Yah can be called a Yahudi / Jew in one sence as the word Yahudah means a 'thanker / praiser of Yah'
The scriptures speak of people who are not native born Israelites as needing to be 'grafted in' to the Israeli vine but not just of Yahudah but any of the 12 tribes. I push this point slightly as I see it a bit of a popular misconception that ALL believers are Jews. I just don't see this taught in scripture unless you mean a Worshipper or Praiser of Yah. In that case we all indeed are or should be.
It seems important therefore to define terms and meanings between eachother before debating anything.
What you think?