Jew

Jew

AKA: Jews

Merriam-Webster

someone whose religion is Judaism, who is descended from Jewish people, or who participates in the culture surrounding Judaism 1. a member of the tribe of Judah 2.israelite 3. a member of a nation existing in Palestine from the sixth century b.c. to the first-century a.d. 4. a person belonging to a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people 5. one whose religion is Judaism

Strong’s

H3064 Yĕhuwdiya Jehudite (i.e. Judaite or Jew), or descendant of Jehudah (i.e. Judah)

G2453 Ioudaios Jewish as respects to birth, origin, religion

Scripture References

2 Kings 16:6  At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drove the Jews from Elath; and the Syrians came to Elath, and lived there, to this day.

Matthew 27:11  Now Y’shua stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  Y’shua said to him, “So you say.”

Commentary

This word has caused much confusion when referring to the Old Testament.  Many erroneously believe that everyone in the Old Testament are Jews and that Torah is only for the Jewish people.  This could not be farther from the truth.  The New Testament Greek labels all people of Hebrew descent as Jews, but this is not the case.  The Old Testament makes a distinction and explains that Jews are only 1/12th of Israel as only descendants of Judah are considered Jews.

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