Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Just What Exactly Is "Ethnic Israel" or an "Ethnic Jew"?
I've heard a lot about "ethnic Jews" and "ethnic Israel" when eschatology is discussed. But exactly what are these terms and what do they mean? What is meant by "ethnic?" A dictionary definition seems to include genetic ideas, but doesn't mandate them. Is an "ethnic" Jew a physical descendant of Abraham? Or merely a religious one? Yes, biological descendants of Abraham are Jews, but Abraham's servants and any other servant who embraced Judaism and was circumcised was considered a Jew. Ruth was a Moabitess, but I look at her as a Jew because of her identification. And if what I've heard is not mistaken, there was no small debate when the current artificial geo-political nation state of "Israel" decided to allow "Jews" to settle within their boundaries a few decades ago. Any ideas?