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ETYMOLOGY and HISTORY of the word JEW

 

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Or are you looking to "prove" your traditional beliefs

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths
(2 Timothy 4:3, 4)

In the Bible, the word Jew in the Hebrew is Strong's Concordance #3064, Yehuwdiy, patron from 3063; a Jehudite, descendent of Jehudah (Judah). 3063 is Yehuwdah; celebrated; Jehudah (Judah) the name of five Israelites, also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory; Judah. In the Greek the word Jew is Strong's #2453 Ioudaios; from 2448 (in the sense of 2455 as a country) Judean, i.e. belonging to Jehudah. 2448 is Iouda; of Hebrew Judah (i.e. Jehudah or Juttah) a part of (or place in) Judah.

There are also the words in Greek that mean the Judean Land, to become Jdean, and resembling a Judean

This is not the "Jew" of the English Bible

The word Jew as we know it today is from the Old French "juieu" from the 12th century. It comes from Medieval Latin (600-1500 AD) "Judaeus". The English word Jew also comes from the French "juif", the Old French "giu". It derives from the Latin "judaeus".

Notice that both in the French and English the word Jew comes from the Latin word Judaeus.  Judaeus is not a translation or equivalent of the word Jew.

Judaeus -- Iudaeus in the Late Latin, transliteration of the Late Greek Ioudaios, from the Hebrew Yehudhi, A person of Yehudhah - A person of Judah

The French equivalent to the word Jew started around 1175. There was not an English equivalent to the word Jew until 1300 at which time it was spelled with an "I", using the Latin form. The word spelled just this way, "Jew", was not used until 1730.

Before that time the meaning was in reference to the place name Iudea, Judea, and basically meant Judean. It was a national term rather than a religious term. The French came up with the term in reference to a strange people coming into their area practicing an un-Christian religion, today called Judaism.

At most the word Jew in modern translations of the Bible is a corruption of the word Judean or of Judah.

Linguistically, there is no such word as Jew in the Old Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic or Latin

Printing words in the Bible does not make them historically accurate. The word Jew never existed in any of the original scriptures. As a result, error regarding the understanding and true meaning of the Bible has occurred.

Wherever you see the word Jew the accurate translation should be men of Judah, people of Judah, person of Judah or Judahite.

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