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Holman Bible Dictionary
(hee' brew) A descendant of Eber. See Genesis 14:13
), showing that he belonged to an ethnic group distinct from the Amorites. It distinguished Joseph from the Egyptians and slaves of other ethnic identity (Genesis 39:14
; Genesis 41:12
; Genesis 43:32
). Abraham's land has become the land of the Hebrews (Genesis 40:15
), and his God, the God of the Hebrews (Exodus 5:3
). Given the ethnic identity, special laws protected Hebrew slaves (Exodus 21:2
; Deuteronomy 15:12
; compare Leviticus 25:40-41
; Jeremiah 34:8-22
). After the death of Saul (1 Samuel 29:1
), the term “Hebrew” does not appear in the historical books, pointing possibly to a distinction between Hebrew as an ethnic term and Israel and/or Judah as a religious and political term for the people of the covenant and of God's nation. See Habiru
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Hebrew (Descendent of Eber)'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/h/hebrew-descendent-of-eber.html. 1991.