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Religion There have been many famous Jews Moses Jesus Freud and Einstein - they have all influenced the history and culture of mankind The root of the Jews goes back some 4000 years in history The Jewish people are descendents of an ancient Hebrew - speaking branch of the Semitic race About 4000 years ago there forefather Abram emigrated from the thriving metropolis of Ur to Sumeria in Canaan God said I will assign this land to your offspringGenesis 1131-127 He is called Abram the Hebrew at Genesis 1413 later his name was changed to AbrahamGenesis 174-6 Abraham had a son Isaac and Isaac had a son Jacob Jacobs name was changed to Israel Gen 3227-29 Israel had 12 sons who became the founders of the 12 tribes The word Jew derived from Judah one of the 12 tribes of Israel As time went on the term Jew was applied to all Israelites not just descendants of Judah Esther 36 920 The Jewish genealogical records were destroyed in 70 CE when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem no Jew today can verify from which tribe he or she has decended Moses the Law and a Nation In 1943 BCE God chose Abram to be his special servant and later made an oath to him because of his faithfulness in being willing to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice even though the sacrifice was never completed Genesis 121-3 221-14 In that oath God said By Myself I swear the LORD Hebrew 1497149214931492 YHWH declares Because you have done this and have not withheld your son your favored one I will bestow My blessing upon you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven All the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants seed JP because you have obeyed My command This sworn oath was repeated to Abrahams son and to
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