Judah was the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Judah. A Judahite is a member of the tribe of Judah or of the kingdom of Judah. A Judean was one who was born in the ancient independent and separate kingdom of Judea, a person loyal to the king of Judea, an inhabitant of the kingdom of Judea, and/or one having citizenship rights in the kingdom of Judea.
Both terms “Judahite” and “Judean” used for ethnic or tribal connotation. The term “Jew” appeared much later after the return from captivity. It was never equivalent to “Judahite” and “Judean”. This means “Jew” does not describe ethnic or tribal affiliation.
Is Judaism a religion? The quick answer is NO. Because the terms “Judaism” and “Jew” actually appeared very late. The faith that is known as Judaism today was never called thus. The Jews are Turkic colonizers and rulers who were fraudulently brought to Israel by the Turkic Persians after 510 BC under a fake claim that they were the decedents of Israelite leaders who were captives in Babylonia. (more…)