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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hebrew  \He"brew\,  n.  [F.  H['e]breu,  L.  Hebraeus  Gr  ?,  fr  Heb. 
  'ibhr[=i].] 
  1.  An  appellative  of  Abraham  or  of  one  of  his  descendants, 
  esp.  in  the  line  of  Jacob;  an  Israelite;  a  Jew. 
 
  There  came  one  that  had  escaped  and  told  Abram  the 
  Hebrew.  --Gen.  xiv. 
  13. 
 
  2.  The  language  of  the  Hebrews;  --  one  of  the  Semitic  family 
  of  languages. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hebrew  \He"brew\,  a. 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  Hebrews;  as  the  Hebrew  language  or 
  rites. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Hebrew 
  adj  1:  of  or  relating  to  or  characteristic  of  the  Hebrews;  "the  old 
  Hebrew  prophets"  [syn:  {Hebraic},  {Hebraical},  {Hebrew}] 
  2:  of  or  relating  to  the  language  of  the  Hebrews;  "Hebrew 
  vowels"  [syn:  {Hebraic},  {Hebraical},  {Hebrew}] 
  n  1:  the  ancient  Canaanitic  language  of  the  Hebrews  that  has  been 
  revived  as  the  official  language  of  Israel  [syn:  {Hebrew}] 
  2:  a  person  belonging  to  the  worldwide  group  descended  from  the 
  ancient  Israelites  (or  converted  to  it)  and  connected  by 
  cultural  or  religious  ties  [syn:  {Jew},  {Hebrew}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Hebrew 
  a  name  applied  to  the  Israelites  in  Scripture  only  by  one  who  is 
  a  foreigner  (Gen.  39:14,  17;  41:12,  etc.),  or  by  the  Israelites 
  when  they  speak  of  themselves  to  foreigners  (40:15;  Ex  1:19), 
  or  when  spoken  of  an  contrasted  with  other  peoples  (Gen.  43:32; 
  Ex  1:3,  7,  15;  Deut.  15:12).  In  the  New  Testament  there  is  the 
  same  contrast  between  Hebrews  and  foreigners  (Acts  6:1;  Phil. 
  3:5). 
 
  Derivation.  (1.)  The  name  is  derived,  according  to  some  from 
  Eber  (Gen.  10:24),  the  ancestor  of  Abraham.  The  Hebrews  are 
  "sons  of  Eber"  (10:21). 
 
  (2.)  Others  trace  the  name  of  a  Hebrew  root-word  signifying 
  "to  pass  over,"  and  hence  regard  it  as  meaning  "the  man  who 
  passed  over,"  viz.,  the  Euphrates;  or  to  the  Hebrew  word  meaning 
  "the  region"  or  "country  beyond,"  viz.,  the  land  of  Chaldea. 
  This  latter  view  is  preferred.  It  is  the  more  probable  origin  of 
  the  designation  given  to  Abraham  coming  among  the  Canaanites  as 
  a  man  from  beyond  the  Euphrates  (Gen.  14:13). 
 
  (3.)  A  third  derivation  of  the  word  has  been  suggested,  viz., 
  that  it  is  from  the  Hebrew  word  _'abhar_,  "to  pass  over,"  whence 
  _'ebher_,  in  the  sense  of  a  sojourner"  or  "passer  through"  as 
  distinct  from  a  settler"  in  the  land,  and  thus  applies  to  the 
  condition  of  Abraham  (Heb.  11:13). 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  HEBREW,  n.  A  male  Jew,  as  distinguished  from  the  Shebrew,  an 
  altogether  superior  creation. 
 
 




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