Difference Between Jews and Gentiles

Generally speaking Jews are those who follow Judaism, while all the others, non-Jewish people, are known as Gentiles. The descendents of the patriarch Israel are known as Jews, while the Gentiles are those who worshipped Jehovah according to the patriarchal system. Jews on the other hand worship God according to the Law of Moses. The Jews consider themselves to have come from God, while the Gentiles are considered outsiders and not from God.

The word Jew has Hebrew roots while the word Gentiles is derived from Latin, where it denotes tribes or clans. In the King James Version of the Bible, this word refers to the non-Israelite tribes.

Unlike in Christianity, where the Pope is considered the decision making authority, in Judaism, the congregation is headed by a Rabbi.


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    Jewish ancestry has been traced back to the patriarchs of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In today’s world, Jews include three groups of people - those who were born to a Jewish family without the consideration of practicing their religion, those with some degree of Jewish lineage and those without any Jewish ancestral background but have converted to Judaism. They are the followers of the oldest religion still in existence, with a long history.

    Jews believe that humans have the will and freedom to choose good over bad, and it is their deeds in this life which will earn them salvation in the afterlife.

    The Jews, believe that a Messiah is yet to come, who will unite the whole of mankind under the Kingdom of God. They say he will bring justice and peace to everyone in this world, this means that they do not believe in Jesus Christ as that Messiah promised in the Torah.

    Moreover, they believe that they are the chosen people - God’s favourite, and reserve the right to rule this world. However, they also happen to be the most persecuted people on the planet.

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    Gentiles were the non-Hebrew descendants of Abraham. In modern times, Christians are known as Gentiles, who believe Jesus Christ to be the son of God. They believe that Jesus was the Messiah promised in the Torah who came in the world for the salvation of mankind. In Christianity the Pope is considered as a decision making authority. Christian gentiles believe that people are born good or evil.

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