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n. An ancient term for the Jewish people.
"While Modern Jews are descendants of the ancient Israelites it is worth noting that Rabbinical Judaism is wholly different than temple Judaism, the change happened shortly after the 2nd temple was destroyed." (source)
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ultimately from Hebrew יִשְׂרָאֵל
"In ancient times, these descendants of Jacob inhabited the land then known as Canaan, which is present-day Israel." (JPS)
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