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Bible Term: Jew

The term Jew, or Jewish, can refer to either a nationality or a religion.

In biblical times these were one in the same. Nowadays a person can be one without the other. That is, they can be Jewish by birth but not belief, or they could be Jewish in faith but not biologically.

A person can be Jewish by birth, technically a child of a Jewish mother, or become Jewish, in a religious sense, through conversion.

From a human standpoint, Abraham is the founder of the Jewish nation..

Traditionally, the Jewish language is Hebrew, so Jews are sometimes called Hebrews.

[Read verses in the Bible with the word Jew and Jews.]

Key verse about Jew: So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia (Ezra 6:14, NIV).

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