In 2012 there were roughly 14 million Jews in the world, nearly half of which reside in Israel. Strictly speaking Jews are an ethno religious group, meaning that their bonds and identity are based in part on their historical ethnic origins as well as their religious faith. Judaism includes a wide body of texts, practices, theological positions, movements and organisations. Add to this composite, Jewish culture and converts and Judaism does not easily fit into a singular category or explanation.
Judaism today is a dynamic identity capable of expressing many different facets; it is a faith that continues to grow, change and develop. This is most reflected in the lesser known and more fluid origins of Judaism which are intriguingly polytheistic.