DEFINITION OF GENTILE AND HEATHEN


gentile



adjective, ( sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
of or relating to any people not Jewish.
2.
Christian, as distinguished from Jewish.
3.
Mormon Church. not Mormon.
4.
heathen or pagan.
5.
(of a linguistic expression) expressing nationality or local origins.
6.
of or relating to a tribe, clan, people, nation, etc.
noun
7.
a person who is not Jewish, especially a Christian.
8.
(among Mormons) a person who is not a Mormon.
9.
a heathen or pagan.
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Gentile definition

The Latin word was used in Vulgate to translate Greekethnikosfrom ta ethne "the nations," which translated 
Hebrew 
ha goyim"the (non-Jewish) nations."


Someone who is not a Jew. “The nations” is the common expression in the Old Testament for non-Jews as a group, and a Gentile is a person belonging to “the nations.”

Note : Both the Old Testament and the New Testament tell of numerous conflicts between Jews and Gentiles. Figuratively, a “gentile” is any nonbeliever.
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heathen in the Bible

(Heb. plural goyum). At first the word _goyim_ denoted generally all the nations of the world (Gen. 18:18; comp. Gal. 3:8). The Jews afterwards became a people distinguished in a marked manner from the other_goyim_. They were a separate people (Lev. 20:23; 26:1445; Deut. 28),and the other nations, the Amorites, Hittites, etc., were the _goyim_, theheathen, with whom the Jews were forbidden to be associated in any way(Josh. 23:7; 1 Kings 11:2). The practice of idolatry was the characteristicof these nations, and hence the word came to designate idolaters (Ps.106:47; Jer. 46:28; Lam. 1:3; Isa. 36:18), the wicked (Ps. 9:5, 15, 17).The corresponding Greek word in the New Testament, _ethne_, has similarshades of meaning. In Acts 22:21, Gal. 3:14, it denotes the people of theearth generally; and in Matt. 6:7, an idolater. In modern usage the worddenotes all nations that are strangers to revealed religion.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

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