The Judah and Benjamin tribes had more righteous kings and therefore fared better against Israel's adversaries at the time while a lot of the other tribes were defeated and dispersed in the diaspora by invading nations. The Judah and Benjamin tribes consolidated under Judah, had a heavy concentration in central Israel and thence the ethnic classification of Jews appeared in time.
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