What was the symbol for the jewish religion before the introduction of the star of david?

My answer to What was the symbol for the jewish religion before the introduction of the star of david?

Answer by Jason Corning:

The Seven-Branched Menorah. There are, however, numerous similarities between the two symbols. I originally posted the following on Facebook and I'll post it again here:

More than few experts on the subject- namely ordained Orthodox Rabbis- believe there are strong links between the actual Menorah and the Star of David. For example- both structures have a 7-part form in that there are 7 branches of theMenorah and 7 parts to the Star of David. Delving further, one finds they share 6 +1 design where the Menorah's 6 outer branches plus 1 central branch correspond to the 6 outer points plus 1 central hexagon. In addition both the Menorah and the Star of David can be organized an even more complex design of 3 + 3 + 1. This can be seen as follows:l

7 Menorah = 7 Star of David
3 branches to the right = 3 points above
3 branches to the left = 3 points below
1 center branch = 1 central hexagon

What was the symbol for the jewish religion before the introduction of the star of david?

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