[quote="CopticChristian, post:17, topic:304021"]
No disrespect intended. You mention the Bible.
Jews of today are not Jews of the Bible, the nation you speak of.
There is no temple. There is no Levitical priesthood. There are no sacrifices.
Judaism as a Nation was dispersed North and South. Fact.
Jews of today are descendants of Rabiniccal Judaism of which there are many types, Orthodox, Reformed, etc. I don't know what branch of Judaism you speak for however I believe you would agree that you do not speak for all forms of Rabinnical Judaism.
No disrespect taken.
Of course we're the Jews of the Bible- their direct descendants. I am a direct descendant of Aaron the Priest; Moses' brother.
There is no Temple now- but there will be again. But the Temple isn't what makes us who we are.
There IS Levitical Priesthood, although without the Temple, we are temporarily under-employed. G-d willing, that will be rectified. Soon. But the Temple isn't what makes us who we are.
There are no sacrifices- - but there will be again. But sacrifices aren't what make us who we are.
We are who we are because G-d said so, and that is forever. G-d doesn't lie.
I speak for Rabbinic Judaism- Orthodox Judaism.