The english word "Jew"

David Stabnow dstabno at
Thu Jun 13 10:36:27 EDT 2002

According to Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged, the English word goes back
to the 12th c, well before Shakespeare, and is indeed based on the Semitic
word for the tribe of Judah.  Its current meanings, slurs aside, are 1)
those who trace their lineage to the Hebrews or to the post-exilic
adherents of Judaism, 2) those whose religion is Judaism, or 3) those who
trace their lineage to Judah.

Dave Stabnow
Bible Translation Editor
Broadman & Holman Publishers
Nashville, Tennessee
david.stabnow at

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do everything for God's glory.  (1 Cor 10:31, HCSB)

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