So Paul was wrong, as were the Prophets? Is that what you're saying?
What i'm saying is that Jews as a people do not regard themselves as a race, and are in fact highly offended when others do (see my link). And since you are not a Jew, your view should not be held as representative of what most Jews feel.
But Paul and the Prophets considered Jews (or Hebrews, or Israelites) as a race, as a people. I am a part of that people according to Paul's definition and the Prophets' definition.
So you're saying you take Jewish tradition over what Paul says and what the Prophets say? By your definition, Jesus was not a Jew. Is that what you're saying?
Essentially, you're holding onto Jewish tradition to the exclusion of Scripture.
(By the way, by Jewish tradition I am a Jew, so much so that I'm eligible for Israeli citizenship should I ever desire to become one).
Look, I am telling you what Jews think, by Jewish law. It would be HIGHLY offensive to mostly all modern Jews if you were to refer to them as a race. Heck, its offensive to ME, and I'm a Christian (albeit a Jew by birth)! There is a REASON WHY antisemites refer to Jews as a race, you know. For some odd reason, antisemites tend to refer to Jews as a "race", and they also refer to female Jews as "Jewesses"....not sure what that last one is all about, but every time I have had someone call me a "Jewess", they turned out to be a neonazi or other antisemite. Ditto for those who refer to me as a "Jew by race".
As for Israeli citizenship, you don't even need to have any Jewish ancestry to become an Israeli citizen by the Law of Return. All you need is to married to a Jew. Israeli secular law is not the same thing as Jewish religious law.
For example: Let's say a Gentile is married to a Jew. And they immigrate to Israel via the Law of Return as the spouse of a Jew. Once they are in Israel, then Orthodox Jewish law applies to them. This is how a Gentile (or someone who is not really Jewish but has some Jewish ancestry) can become a citizen, but not be allowed burial in a Jewish cemetery once there.
Oh, and another thing: to become an Israeli citizen by the Law of Return, its not enough to either have some Jewish ancestry or be married to a Jew. You also can't be a Jew who has joined another religion.
I'm not a zionist by any means, but I know about all of this because my brother-in-law works for the Israeli consulate in NY where my sister and he live. He said they have had a real problem with "messianic Jews" trying to make aliyah, and he said most don't even have any Jewish ancestry anyway.