browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
jew

more about jew

jew


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Jew  \Jew\,  n.  [OF.  Juis,  pl.,  F.  Juif,  L.  Judaeus  Gr  ?,  fr  ? 
  the  country  of  the  Jews,  Judea,  fr  Heb.  Y?h?d[=a]h  Judah, 
  son  of  Jacob.  Cf  {Judaic}.] 
  Originally,  one  belonging  to  the  tribe  or  kingdom  of  Judah; 
  after  the  return  from  the  Babylonish  captivity,  any  member  of 
  the  new  state;  a  Hebrew;  an  Israelite. 
 
  {Jew's  frankincense},  gum  styrax,  or  benzoin. 
 
  {Jew's  mallow}  (Bot.),  an  annual  herb  ({Corchorus  olitorius}) 
  cultivated  in  Syria  and  Egypt  as  a  pot  herb,  and  in  India 
  for  its  fiber. 
 
  {Jew's  pitch},  asphaltum;  bitumen. 
 
  {The  Wandering  Jew},  an  imaginary  personage,  who  for  his 
  cruelty  to  the  Savior  during  his  passion,  is  doomed  to 
  wander  on  the  earth  till  Christ's  second  coming. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Jew 
  n  :  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]: 
 
  Jew 
  the  name  derived  from  the  patriarch  Judah,  at  first  given  to  one 
  belonging  to  the  tribe  of  Judah  or  to  the  separate  kingdom  of 
  Judah  (2  Kings  16:6;  25:25;  Jer.  32:12;  38:19;  40:11;  41:3),  in 
  contradistinction  from  those  belonging  to  the  kingdom  of  the  ten 
  tribes,  who  were  called  Israelites. 
 
  During  the  Captivity,  and  after  the  Restoration,  the  name 
  however,  was  extended  to  all  the  Hebrew  nation  without 
  distinction  (Esther  3:6,  10;  Dan.  3:8,  12;  Ezra  4:12;  5:1,  5). 
 
  Originally  this  people  were  called  Hebrews  (Gen.  39:14;  40:15; 
  Ex  2:7;  3:18;  5:3;  1  Sam.  4:6,  9,  etc.),  but  after  the  Exile 
  this  name  fell  into  disuse.  But  Paul  was  styled  a  Hebrew  (2  Cor. 
  11:22;  Phil.  3:5). 
 
  The  history  of  the  Jewish  nation  is  interwoven  with  the 
  history  of  Palestine  and  with  the  narratives  of  the  lives  of 
  their  rulers  and  chief  men.  They  are  now  [1897]  dispersed  over 
  all  lands,  and  to  this  day  remain  a  separate  people,  "without  a 
  king,  and  without  a  prince,  and  without  a  sacrifice,  and  without 
  an  image  [R.V.  'pillar,'  marg.  'obelisk'],  and  without  an  ephod, 
  and  without  teraphim"  (Hos.  3:4).  Till  about  the  beginning  of 
  the  present  century  [1800]  they  were  everywhere  greatly 
  oppressed,  and  often  cruelly  persecuted;  but  now  their  condition 
  is  greatly  improved,  and  they  are  admitted  in  most  European 
  countries  to  all  the  rights  of  free  citizens.  In  1860  the 
  "Jewish  disabilities"  were  removed,  and  they  were  admitted  to  a 
  seat  in  the  British  Parliament.  Their  number  in  all  is  estimated 
  at  about  six  millions,  about  four  millions  being  in  Europe. 
 
  There  are  three  names  used  in  the  New  Testament  to  designate 
  this  people,  (1.)  Jews,  as  regards  their  nationality,  to 
  distinguish  them  from  Gentiles.  (2.)  Hebrews,  with  regard  to 
  their  language  and  education,  to  distinguish  them  from 
  Hellenists,  i.e.,  Jews  who  spoke  the  Greek  language.  (3.) 
  Israelites,  as  respects  their  sacred  privileges  as  the  chosen 
  people  of  God.  "To  other  races  we  owe  the  splendid  inheritance 
  of  modern  civilization  and  secular  culture;  but  the  religious 
  education  of  mankind  has  been  the  gift  of  the  Jew  alone." 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Jew,  same  as  Judah 
 




more about jew