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People's Dictionary of the Bible

Gentile

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Gentile (jĕn'tîle). This was the name by which the Jews designated all men but themselves—i.e., all pagan nations who were ignorant of the true God, and idolaters. Luke 2:32; Acts 26:17; Acts 26:20; Romans 2:9, where the R. V. reads "Greek;" 9:24, etc. In opposition to the Gentiles, the Hebrews regarded themselves, and were in fact, the "chosen people of God." Sometimes the "Greeks," as the most cultivated among the heathen, stand for them. Romans 1:16; Acts 16:1; Acts 16:3, etc. Paul is called the "apostle to the Gentiles" on account of his special mission and work among them.

Court of the Gentiles. See Temple.

Isles of the Gentiles, R. V., "Isles of the nations." Genesis 10:5. The Hebrew word signifies any land bordering on the sea. It refers to land on the Mediterranean, Black, and Caspian seas.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Gentile'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/g/gentile.html. 1893.

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