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What do Jews call themselves in Hebrew and what does that word mean?

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Answer #1 | 23/07 2014 12:45
Good question. The original name for the people we now call Jews was Hebrews. The word Hebrew עברית was first used in the Torah to describe Abraham. A certain jewish tradition teaches that the word comes from the word "eyver," which means "the other side," referring to the fact that Abraham came from the other side of the Euphrates, or referring to the fact Abraham was separated from the other nations morally and spiritually. Hebrew is the language of the Torah and the language that Jews recite their prayers in. The word Jew or Yehudi is derived from the name Judah, which was the name of one of Jacob's twelve sons. Judah was the ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel, which was named after him. Likewise, the word Judaism literally means Judah-ism, that is, the religion of the Yehudim. Other sources, however, say that the word Yehudim means People of God, as the first three letters of "Yehudah" are the same as the first three letters of God's four-letter name. The term Jew passed into the English language from the Greek Ioudaios and Latin Iudaeus, from which the Old French giu was derived after dropping the letter "d", and later after a variety of forms found in early English from around the year 1000 which developed from the world: Iudea, Gyu, Giu, Iuu, Iuw, Iew then eventually developed into the English word “Jew.” It thus ultimately originates in the Biblical Hebrew word Yehudi meaning "from the Tribe of Judah", "from the Kingdom of Judah, or "Jew".
Answer #2 | 23/07 2014 12:40
According to Wikipedia. The Jews (Hebrew: יְהוּדִים ISO 259-3 Yehudim Israeli pronunciation [jehuˈdim]); (בני ישראל, Standard: Bnai Yisraʾel; Tiberian: Bnai Yiśrāʾēl; ISO 259-3: Bnai Yiśraʾel, translated as: "Children of Israel" or "Sons of Israel"), also known as the Jewish people, are a nation and ethnoreligious group[16] originating from the Israelites (Hebrews) of the Ancient Near East.
Answer #3 | 23/07 2014 12:35
What words do Christians use amongst themselves? The answer is, it varies. Also, if you say Jew, please remember that Jew is someone that would practice Judaism, not a name.
Answer #4 | 23/07 2014 12:23
Why would it mean anything, other than what it is? And why do you ask?
Answer #5 | 23/07 2014 16:12
B'nei Yisrael. ("children of Israel")

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