Wednesday, October 25, 2006

"Hebrew" definition

According to my "Comprehensive Bible Helps" Hebrew is a Gentile reference to the descendants of Abraham. It refers to "one who comes from beyond" and "one who has crossed over" as crossing the Euphrates River.

It was used in reference to Israel's whole family and refers back to Abraham.

"The Hebrews" was a term chosen for its indication of purity of blood and strictness of religion. It also refers to a sense of tradition, community of language and desginates the people as a race.

The term was used by foreigners in that sense in referring to the descendants of Abraham in the oldest times.

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