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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Hebrew

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He'brew. This word first occurs as given to Abram by the Canaanites, Genesis 4:13 because he had crossed the Euphrates. The name is also derived from Eber, "beyond, on the other side", Abraham and his posterity being called Hebrews, in order to express a distinction between the races, east and west of the Euphrates.

It may also be derived from Heber, one of the ancestors of Abraham. Genesis 10:24. The term Israelite, was used by the Jews of themselves among themselves; the term Hebrew was the name by which they were known to foreigners. The latter was accepted by the Jews in their external relations; and after the general substitution of the word Jew, it still found a place in that marked and special feature of national contradistinction, the language.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Hebrew'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/h/hebrew.html. 1901.

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