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Bnai Israel

Children of Israel, Bnai Israel, (or Bnai Yisrael, Bnei Yisrael, Bnei Yisroel), means Sons of Israel or Children of Israel in Hebrew. In the Torah they are the twelve sons of Jacob, renamed Israel in Genesis known as the Twelve Tribes.

In the Book of Exodus the Isrealites are constantly referred to as the Bnai Yisrael when God speaks to Moses etc.

This name is not to be confused with the modern State of Israel whose citizens are called Israelis some of whom may be Arab or Christian. Only about 70% of modern-day Israel's citizen's are actually Jews.

After the split of the Hebrew Kingdom, the Southern Kingdom came to be known as the Bnai Judah, while the Northern Kingdom came to be known as the Bnai Israel.

There is an ethnic-religious group in Afghanistan which refers to itself as the Bnai Israel, or House of Israel, or Bani Israel. This group is referred to in English as the Pashtuns. Some Pashtuns claim to be the historical descendants of the "ten lost tribes" of the northern Kingdom of Israel which were taken into captivity by Assyria.

See: Children of Israel

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1 The Bani Israel in the Islamic Quran
2 See also
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The Bani Israel in the Islamic Quran

There is a Surah in the Quran with the title Bani Israel or House of Israel. This Surah takes its name from verse 4. This Surah was revealed in the last year before Hijrah. See Bani Israel (Quran sura).

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