Let me explain it to you but first let me thank you for learning something that is TRUE.<quoted text>
They had a Jewish IDENTITY when God made a covenant with them.
How does that CONFLICT with anything that was posted on the definition?
Common history, ancestry, language, book, religion, land, etc etc
What it means is that their Jewish IDENTITY is not a function of RELIGION be it Judaism or otherwise. Their IDENTITY had to do with SEED or BIOLOGY or DNA. Get it ?
Here is more help for you and your rabbis. "And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land" Genesis 12:7.
Note no JUDAISM is involved. His name was still Abram. Do you really understand the points?