I am sure you would agree if Judaism did not exist then neither would Jews. Ergo: Jew is a religious definition. The 'concept' of Jews constituting a 'people' comes from the religion. It is not unusual for religious or spiritual belief to teach that followers are a community; a people or somehow special, set apart. Judaism has taken this literally. The teaching has combined with another religious belief that followers of Judaism are somehow 'destined' to be tested and to suffer - so any suffering has been written into the religious history and mythologised to the degree that it teaches the 'separation'f of Jews from others. This religious teaching became powerful enough in a cultural sense to be handed down through some families even when members dropped the religion or chose not to practise. In other families it simply disappeared. Judaism is not a national culture because there is no nation of Jews... it is however a powerful religious culture. To infer that the religion came from the culture is ridiculous. For one thing the earliest followers of Judaism were not Jews but Hebrews....If all religions were banned tomorrow there would be no Jews in existence just as there would be no Christians, Moslems etc. And that is because the term is religious. There would however be Israelis, Palestinians, Germans, Canadians etc.
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