Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 8

Israel is the name God gave Jacob on the night he wrestled with the Angel. Genesis 32:28 As a group, his sons along with the 12 tribes that descended from them inherited the name. Although Israel always accepted proselytes, it was at first largely made up of people physically descended from Abraham through Isaac and Jacob. Eventually, the term “Israelite” was replace by the term “Jew,” (Yahudi), derived from the kingdom of Judah (Yahuda), the southern Israelite kingdom that retained its independence for approximately 135 years after the Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom and took its leading citizens into captivity.
After the fall of the kingdom of Judah, Judaism (the Israelite religion) continued to be open to Gentile converts. The book of Esther mentions this and other references. During the third and second centuries BC, a group of Greek-speaking Hebrew scholars in Alexandria translated the Bible into Greek (Septuagint) so that it could be available in the common language of commerce and culture. Many apologies were written attempting to explain Israel’s faith. Tongues had ceased and the only communication from God to the world was through the translation of the writings of His Apostles. Many thousands of Gentiles who were converted to Judaism because Israel’s God offered a superior way of life and hope of resurrection. They wrote intertestamental books—including those in the Apocrypha, that described the superiority of their God. Some like the Edomites and Idumeans, were forcibly converted by Jewish rulers. There were about six million Jews throughout the Roman Empire when Jesus of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem of Judea, of whom a large proportion were returnees. When Christ appeared, many didn’t accept Him. John 1:10-14. Despite their pedigree, all Jews identified with the symbols and story of Israel and hoped that Messiah would come and initiate the longed-for days of blessing and restoration. When He came, they didn’t know Him!!
To argue that after the conquest of Jerusalem by Titus and the failure of the Bar Kokhba revolt, Jews altogether ceased to cultivate the land or Eretz (sand) of Israel is to demonstrate complete lack of understanding of these people. The Jewish farmer was not easily torn from his soil, which had been watered with the blood and sweat of his forebears. Despite depression and suffering, the rural population and people who lived there remained unchanged.
The Arabic-speaking Palestinian peasant is not a descendant of the Arab conqueror (Muslim) who captured Israel and Syria in the seventh century CE. The Arab conqueror did not destroy the agricultural population they found in the country. They expelled only the alien Byzantine rulers, and did not touch the local population nor did the Arabs go in for settlement. Even in their own homeland, the Arabians did not engage in farming. These Arabs did not seek new lands to settle their peasantry. Their interest was political, religious and material. They wanted to propagate Islam and to collect tax monies. The myth or romantic tale that the dominant group of modern Jews are uniquely the descendants of Abraham creates a tribal idolatry.
Although today’s Jews identify with Israel of the Old Testament, they are not uniquely the descendants of the patriarchs, and their rejection of Jesus has locked their focus on the tribal aspects of the Old Testament tradition while distancing themselves from the universal message of the Old Testament prophet. They have not “rights” to demand or “rights” to return in a genetic sense, displace or drive out its current inhabitants to establish a Jewish state. God gave them this land, once, now He owes them nothing!! I will prove the Jew and the Palestinean are really the same people!!

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 7

It is God who has only ONE Son, this many forget. Abraham had 7 sons. To say that the Jew is the son of God today would be to declare that God could have TWO sons and that these two would be equal in nature and substance. They were and are not!!! It was the Son on whom the inheritance rested by law!! The secret of Abraham’s seed was parentage, not only the father but also the mother. The seed which was not one but two, remember Adam could not pro-generate before Eve came from his side!! Anyone forgetting Sarai leaves out half of the equation. Sara was pre-selected, chosen and was not a condition of AWKWARD circumstance!! Sara was a free-woman which meant she was of royal heritage. 1 Peter 2:9 The difference was that the bondwoman was born after the flesh, the free woman was born of promise, prophecy. In the course of nature all would consider Ishmael possible whereas in the course of nature NO ONE would consider Isaac natural. Isaac nor Christ were not in the usual manner, born. The Jew is born by natural law, not by the law of the Spirit!! Definitely shown in Galatians 4:22-26, Sara, because of circumstances not of her choosing cried out: “cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not heir with the son of the free.” These mothers were allegorical, figurative (meant to teach a greater lesson), type and anti-type. They were not just any two women that existed-remember nothing is said of Keturah who was also a wife of Abraham! Only Sarah and Hagar were meant to typify, pre-figure, or prophesy two different covenants. Hagar was the covenant which came from Sinai (called Agar by the Arabians of that time) and was intended to prefigure Jerusalem which is of, from, prefigured, prophesied as coming from physical means. The other was Jerusalem (the Church of Christ) which has existed from, prefigured, prophesied to have already existed in the mind of God in heaven, for God married her to His Son in eternity, NOT TIMe!! “Sing O barren (one), thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, that that didst not travail with child, for more are the children of the desolate that the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54:1
We who are a part of the predetermined, prophesied church, like Isaac are apart of the predetermined, prophesied offspring, who depend on the Christ, not on the flesh!! They who were apart of the fleshly lineage depend on Isaac for their ancestry. Sarah was intended to prefigure Jerusalem which is from above. The Church of Christ came from the pre-existent abode of the Godhead and we became, in the state called marriage, Christians under the new and better dispensation of the covenant, which is, which can continue free from sin and the curse of the moral and ceremonial law, “as we walk in the Light.” 1 John 1:7-9 To this freedom and enlargement, which describes this gospel dispensation, typified by Sarah the mother of the promised seed, we have accepted Christ, and rely upon Him, and look for justification and salvation by Him ALONE, as hereby we become the spiritual, though we are not the natural, seed of Abraham, so we are entitled to the promised inheritance and have great interest in the blessings of that promise. They who are children of the King, who might stumble at the opposition one might meet with from the Jews, who were so tenacious of their law as to be ready to persecute those who would not submit to it, Paul tells us that this was pointed out in type; for”as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted Him that was born after the Spirit, we must expect it would be “so now.” So we would find comfort in the prophecies, we would know that Judaism would sink, and wither, and perish; but true Christianity should flourish and last forever!! TODAY, THERE ARE NOT TWO SONS!! The Jewish people as a whole never enjoyed the acceptance of the Father, only the association with the Son, never engaged the Holy Spirit in the trials of obedience and perfection, and made no claim on the heaven as the destiny of their souls.

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 6

Israel is the name God gave part of Abraham’s seed, but not all. Abraham, after Sarah graduated, married again and fathered seven more children. Genesis 25:1-6 Nothing much is ever said about the sons and daughters of Abraham and Keturah. It is though in the minds of the world they did not and do not exist, yet they did. Of the sons of Abraham that get the status of important, the sons of Isaac were two, Esau and Jacob, while his first-born was Ishmael by Hagar.
As a group, Abraham’s sons by Sarah are the parents of our Lord Jesus Christ. They became known as the 12 tribes and that part of Abraham’s seed that gained the name, Israel. As a name, Israel is defined as God prevails. Everyone likes this name but when we follow the record of history, this was the name of the descendants and the nation of the descendants that composed the northern kingdom consisting of the 10 tribes under Jeroboam. The southern kingdom was known as Judah and it retained its independence for approximately 135 years after Assyria conquered the northern kingdom and took its leading citizens into captivity. Everyone seems satisfied with the position of the pre-millenial denominational churches and seems to throw in the towel on other verses of scripture that seems to “muddy their waters.” In Esther 8:17 there occurs something very troubling. “In every province and city, wherever the king’s decree and command came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them.” Where is the ancestral record? Who fathered these people? This is like taking in 100,000 Syrians into this country and thinking they will not affect our nation. Who are they, what do they believe, and what effect will their false religion have over our people???
Soon after the conversions described in Esther, Alexander the Great conquests established a common Hellenistic culture around the Mediterranean, exposing pagans to Jewish religion and lifestyle. Judaism became a vibrant missionary faith. Many thousands of Gentiles became God-fearers and converts. We have proof that the highest ranking Generals in the Roman army were believers BEFORE they heard of Christ. It was a death sentence for them to believe anything not taught in Rome. During the third and second centuries B C, a group of Greek-speaking Hebrew scholars in Alexandria translated the Old Testament into Greek called the Septuagint so that it could be available in the common language of commerce and culture. Philo and other Jewish apologists strove to explain Israel’s faith to the Gentile world. They wrote inter-testament books—including those in the Apocrypha—that described the superiority of their god. The proselytizing zeal of the Jews was still strong during Jesus ministry. Most Gentiles who converted to Judaism did so because Israel’s God offered both a superior way of life and the hope of resurrection. Some, like the Edomites and Idumeans, were forcibly converted by Jewish rulers. There were about 6 million Jews throughout the Roman Empire when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, of whom a large proportion were converts or descendants of converts who came from Babylonia. Regardless of their pedigree, all Jews identified with the symbols and story of Israel and hoped that Messiah would come to initiate the longed-for days of blessing and restoration. But when He appeared, many didn’t accept Him. John 1:10-14 Two thousand years have brought significant religious and demographic changes to non-Christian people who identify with the Hebrew tradition. Majority of the Jews in the Roman Empire probably converted to Christianity during the first five centuries following the official Jewish expulsion from synagogue worship. It is a common misunderstanding that following the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem in the Jewish-Roman wars of AD 70 and AD 135 that the Jews were driven from their land and soil. Jews were farmers, people of the land AND DID NOT DISBURSE!! Just who or what is a Jew?

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 5

There is a disease among the peoples of religion, today. The festivals of the Jews are soon to march upon us one after the other and in quick succession; the feast of Trumpets, the feast of Tabernacles, the fasts. There are many in our ranks who say they think as the Scriptures teach, yet some are going to join the Jews in keeping their feasts and observing their fasts. I am afraid that some Christians may partake in the Jews transgressions, once they have done so, the message of Christ will have become useless for the remedy. There is a danger in keeping “days, and months, and times and years.” Galatians 4:10
The question of the hour is “what charge do they yet make?” That He called God His own Father and so made Himself equal to God is a liar?? It has been observed that they not only refute this truth, they even blot out the phrase “equal to God” from their writings and what it canotes, for they resolve to reject it even if they do not physically erase it!!
So many blessings from heaven came into their hands, they thrust them aside and were at great pains to reject them. The morning the Son of Justice arose from their own land, they began to thrust aside the rays of truth and stay sitting in darkness by selection, not debate. We, who were nurtured by darkness, drew the light to ourselves and were freed from the gloom of error. They, who were the race of men chosen to bring Light into the world have been broken off. Romans 11:17 We had no share in the “root and offspring of David,” but we did reap the fruit of godliness when they refused it. From their childhood they read the prophets, but they crucified Him whom the prophets had foretold! They are to be pitied, we have worshipped Him who the divine prophets told would come. Although those Jews had been called to the adoption of sons, they fell to kinship with dogs: we who were children of darkness received the strength, through God’s grace, to put aside the irrational nature which was ours and to rise to the honor of sons. It was Christ who said; “it is not fair to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.” Matthew 15:27
When the order was changed: they became dogs, and we became the children. Philippians 3:2 You might want to see who and what changed? “but to as many as received Him, He gave the power of becoming sons of God.” John 1:10-12
Nothing is more miserable than those people who never failed to attack their own salvation!! When there was need to observe the Law, they trampled it under foot. Now, that the Law has ceased to bind, they obstinately strive to observe it, or something a facsimile of it written by men, called the Torah!! Stephen rails on them when he said: “you stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart, you do always resist the Holy Spirit”, not only be transgressing the Law but also by wishing to observe what you call a Law at the wrong time.!! Stephen was right, for they failed to take up the yoke of Christ, although it was sweet and had nothing about it which was either burdensome or oppressive. Matthew 11:28-30 They even went to the extreme when they cried out: “we have no king but Caesar.” They broke the yoke, they burst the bounds, they cast themselves against the kingdom of Heaven, and made themselves subject to the rule of men. Note with me how accurately the prophet hinted that their hearts were uncontrolled: “you set aside the yoke, broke it like untamed beasts.”Isaiah 9:4 Untamed beasts are not fit for honor!!
They say that they love God; Christ disagrees. “If you knew the Father, you would also know Me. But you neither love Me, nor do you know My Father.” How could they know the Father and crucify His Son?? Tell me, you that apologize for speaking the truth, if you saw man dragged through the streets to execution, would you not risk your life to stand in His defense? Do armies fight for their Commander?

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 4

It is time for us to learn a little more about Herod, the Great. He was known as “the madman who murdered many priests and his own family, including his wife,” “the evil genius of the Judean nation,” “and the greatest builder in Jewish history.” He was a loyal supporter of Hycrannus II and was named King (basileus) of Judea by Mark Antony. He had to win his throne by waging a 3 year war against Antigonus. He was married to one of Hycrannus’s daughters (whom he later killed), who also was an Hasmonean. He was a convert to Judiasm, an Edomite by ancestry, and brought many priests from Babylon intermixing them with the Jewish priests and their doctrines. His leadership of the Jewish religion was greatly questioned by the Jewish priesthood as he paid for his embellishments by exorbitant taxes which did not go to pay for the operation of the Temple of Jerusalem. He had no loyalty to Moses or that law and like other presidents, some of which we have today, feigned faith in what he did not believe. Interestingly, while Herod was re-building the Temple, he would accept no help from the Pharisees or Sadducees nor the doctors of the Law—he “did it his way.”
In Matthew 2:1-23 Herod is shown to be the King who became known for the “Massacre of the Innocents.” Alarmed at a replacement to his throne, Herod assembled the chief priests and scribes of the people and demanded to know where the Christ child was to be born after he had been informed by the Magi of His birth. They told him, Bethlehem (unlike Joseph Smith of the Mormon religion who said Christ was born in Jerusalem) It is interesting that no other external historical record is given of the “massacre” other than the Bible, yet not question, it is the reason why, in a dream, Joseph, on his return from Egypt, settled in Nazareth (to stay clear of Herod’s son who had been assigned to reign after Herod’s death). Herod killed himself. He always had had trouble with paranoia and depression. After his death, Archelaus was named king but was considered by Rome too incompetent to rule and was replaced by a Roman prelate until 43 A D.. That is how we got Pilate.
The Jewish religion was and is in a mess. After the return from Babylon and the lack of a prophet to give religious guidance, their religion was a combination of what most think of Christianity—a mixture of what they remembered, what they had practiced in Babylon in paganism, and what they added for the convenience of themselves. The priesthood had inter-married with pagans and serious consideration to “being of Aaron’s family” was not considered since none could oblige that were in power. There was a rabid attempt among all the Jews to trace their ancestries back to Jacob for pedigree. Any man who could was known by the title “Hebrew of the Hebrews” and was automatically given a place of supreme honor among the people. This explains the two chapters in the preamble to the ancestoral records of the Christ! One can understand why they who had this ability were immediately enemies of those who could not!! Like Herod, they great cause to destroy their qualified competitor, especially if they, like our Lord was able to “divide the sheep from the goats.” John 8:44
The peaching of Christ is pretty simple: “He that is of God hears God’s words. You therefore hear them NOT, because you ARE NOT OF GOD.” John 8:47 “Jesus answered them, ‘ I told you, and you believed not: the works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you believe NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT OF MY SHEEP, as I said unto you. John 10:25-26 Christ taught in many places in parables. The words of our Lord were not for ALL men. To His disciples He said: “unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: but to them it is not given.” Matthew 13:11 “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables: and without a parable spake He not unto them.” Matthew 13:34

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 3

When Alexander the great died of a drunken stupor at the age of 32 in Babylon, he had already planned the dividing of his kingdom to his generals who would govern as the Diadochi (the successors). Antipater, Perdiccas, Ptolemy, Seleucus, Antigonius, and Lysemachus. Thus began the Hellenism of the then known world. The “hegemony” or head of these factions was finally re-established in these Greek City States. Of interest to this study, Ptolemy governed Egypt and Seleucus governed parts of Syria and Judea. South of Judea (which had self-governed itself for a while) were the Idumeans. The Idumeans were descendents of Esau, the brother of Jacob the son of Israel therefore the grandson of Abraham. The Idumeans were non-Jews at the beginning who later became what would be known as “the Jews.” During the Maccabean revolt, the Hasmonean dynasty of the Jews were completely overrun and forced to incorporate all the customs of the Jewish society. From this time forward, most scholars admit the distinction of Jew and Idumean was non-existent.
Coming from Babylonian captivity, the Jews who came back to the Palestine area had no distinct prophet or wise men to guide their return to the active faith of Moses. Mixed and intermingled with the sons of Esau, they brought into their practice of religion paganistic customs of Babylon.
This is what Christ came to when He lived in Nazareth. There were two groups of people living cheek to cheek, speaking almost the same language, and reeling under the oppressive yoke of Roman rule. By this time many of the Idumean-Jews had worked their way into the priesthood, bringing along their pagan oral teachings. These teachings were known as the “teaching of the elders.” The two leaders of this “oral tradition” were the Pharisees and Sadducees. This is why our Lord spent so much of His time teaching and re-establishing much of the teaching He had given to Moses. It seems the Edomite element of these Jews utterly rejected Christ. During the centuries that have followed, these people continued to develop and propagate their highly altered form of the ancient Hebrew revelation and form a faith unknown to that of the “pure-bred” Jew. Their faith is now the teachings of much of the Babylonian Talmud. Matthew 15:2,9; Mark 7:3,13.
Judiasm would possibly have expired had it not been for the decree of the emperor of the Khazarian Empire in our modern Ukraine. This mixed Russian, Eastern European, and Mongolian people took to the “teachings of the elders.” When the nation ceased, what had been considered Khazarians were now calling themselves Jews. They have since been called the “thirteenth tribe.” Having been expelled from Constantinople, they developed the Khazar trade and contended with Mohammedans and Christians for the theological allegiance of this pagan people.
It is common knowledge that as of a century ago, most so-called Jews in the world were found in Eastern Europe, with the highest percentage concentrated in Poland. For the second time these “remnant” religious people were hi-jacked with a substantial portion of their faith from sources other than the Hebrew Scriptures. When Rome overthrew Jerusalem in A.D. 70, the ancestral records were destroyed and have never since been in existence. Now, for the second time this people are taken over with no genetic link to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob/Israel, Judah or any other Hebrew. From historical records, 96% of the so-called Jews of today are descended from this Khazarian branch and are of the Khazar tribes of Russia, Eastern Europe and Western Mongolia. The other major sect of Jews are the Sephardic Jews which are a people from the mixing of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, Jebusites, Griganshites, Kenites, Edomites and some (maybe) true undefined true Israelites. All of these above mentioned peoples were the avowed enemies when there was a true Israel!!

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 2

They “think of themselves more highly than they ought.” They are called a “stiffnecked and rebellious people.” They have been given a “strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” They are people that are spoken of “that He made clay and it was marred in the hand of the potter; so He made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” “Go to this people and say; ‘Behold, I frame evil against you and devise a device against you: return ye now everyone from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good. And they said. “There is no hope. We will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.” “Therefore will I do unto this house which is called by My name, wherein you trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim. Therefore, pray NOT thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to Me: for I WILL NOT hear thee.” Jeremiah 7:14-16
Yet, these are NOT that people we know as Jews!! In the 2nd century B.C. John Hycrannus of the Hasmonean dynasty, took the Kingdom of Judah which came from Babylon (around 536 B.C) with a religion with many pagan elements in it, established a system of oral teachings that Scripture condemns as the “tradition of the elders,” Matthew 15:2-3, conquered a people directly to the south of Judah, the Edomites (descended from Esau) who had been disinherited because the older son of Israel had married a Hittite woman, thus destroying forever the pure genetic pedigree of his descendants, subjugated them and gave them a choice to either die or convert to the religion, language, and culture of Judah!!
This was forbidden by the law of Moses. Deuteronomy 7:1-5; Leviticus 20:24, Joshua 23: 12-13; Ezra 9:1-15; and Nehemiah 13:23-30. With death or conversion, most chose to convert. The true descendant of Abraham chose conversion. Hycrannus had them circumcised and use the laws of the Jews. Dora, Marissa, and Idumea from that day forward kept the entire law of the Jews. The Edomites were incorporated into the Jewish nation, and the whole providence was known as ”Idumea.” As a separated people, the Edomites disappear from the pages of history and are known as Jews. Over the next century as imperial Rome cast its long shadow over the Middle East, these Edomites or Idumeans were gradually absorbed into Jewish society. Many of them, such as Herod, achieved high status, working their way into the priestly and aristocratic classes. Those who leveraged their way into the priestly professions had a strong proclivity for the pagan oral teachings (teachings of the elders) brought back from Babylon. Dominance in the two mainstream religious parties, the Pharisees and Sadducees, was soon theirs to enjoy and capitalize upon.
This situation helps us understand the words of Christ when He lived and walked the hills of Galilee and Judea. There were two groups of people living in the land of Judea. They spoke the same language, were under the oppressive yoke of Roman rule, and were together in that time called Jews.
In A. D. 70, the city of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Judah was utterly shattered by the Romans. Many survivors were scattered throughout the Roman world, finding refuge where they could. The Edomite element of these Jews, who had utterly rejected Christ, lodged themselves in various enclaves in the Roman Empire including the great city of Byzantium (Constantinople). During the centuries that followed, these people continued to develop and propagate their highly altered form of the ancient Hebrew faith in which the Biblical aspects were almost completely submerged in layers of pagan philosophy and rules. It was during this era that their oral tradition was codified into a written textual form called the Talmud. It has been the foundation of the religion of Judaism for many centuries!!

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism

Most of us are very familiar with the name Jew. This is the given name of a people that began to be some 2500 years ago after the creation of man. World history reveals a remarkable story in which one group of people assumed the identity of another. The vast majority of people who are today called Jews are NOT, in terms of strict definition of the term, Jews at all.
The term ”Jew,” actually a later comer to the Old Testament, originally meant one who can genuinely claim genetic descent from Judah, one of the twelve sons of Jacob. It is Hebrew, the word is “Yhadi,” meaning “of Judah.” Later, it was a kind of a slang word given the whole people because the tribe of Judah was the largest numerical tribe among them.
The true people of Judah were a numerous part of the ancient, twelve-tribed Israelites. As you and I know, the name “Israel” means those who belong to God. It was given to them as a reward won from a wrestling match between Jacob and Christ to shore up Jacob’s faith in the wisdom of God. In time, the Israelites divided into two kingdoms. The southern one was called the “Kingdom of Judah,” and the region it occupied, “Judea.” All of its inhabitants, of whatever tribe, were often called Judeans, and in time “Jews.” As time passed, the Northern Kingdom was taken into captivity and scattered to the north and west somewhere around 700 B.C..
The Kingdom of Judah was later taken to Babylon in 586 B.C , where many stayed and never returned to their homeland. Seventy years later a remnant returned, and gradually, with much struggle, regained its status of nationhood. Unfortunately, the religion they returned with had picked up many pagan elements while in Babylon, this gradually evolved into a system of oral teachings that Scripture condemns as the “traditions of the elders.” Matthew 15:2-3 This “good ole boy” religion was what Christ found when He came to dwell in the flesh and bring the Church of Christ into existence. One could just imagine He who was the author of Judaism and the struggles He had to go through when He “came unto His own and His own received Him not.” John 1:12 When the life of Christ is studied, and one does not see the immediate problem which our Lord faced when He came in physical flesh, they cannot see the immediate differences which He taught and that taught by the scribes and elders. There is something else often overlooked in this study. When Jesus referred to the Jews He always told them they were not the people of God!! It rightfully angered them. When He referred to the Temple of God, He was referring to something they no right to occupy and since they could not be blessed as the “people of God” Christ called them children of Satan. John 8:44.
When some of the Jews returned to their homeland they had no prophet from God, no wise man, nor any credible written law they could follow, so, they made up their own. At this juncture in history, an unusual development occurred that muddled the meaning of the words Judah, Judean, and Jew. Int the second century before Christ, a dynamic priest-king of Judah, John Hyrcanus of the Hasmonean dynasty, conquered the people directly to the south of Judah, the Edomites. These people were also known by the appellation Idumean.
The Idumeans were descended from Esau. Jacob-Israel’s twin brother, Genesis 36:8, married a woman named Adah, a Hittite, thus destroying forever the pure genetic pedigree of his descendants. For this, Esau essentially was disinherited. Rebecca, Esau’s mother, was told by God that Esau would serve Jacob before their birth. She was the only human being alive who had this knowledge. When it came time for Isaac to “bless” his sons, his inheritance from Abraham, she had to act. Genesis 25:23