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Difference Between Jews and Gentiles

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Jews and gentiles are different in their religious, cultural and other traditional aspects. A Jew is one who is descendent of the patriarch Israel. Gentiles are those who worshipped Jehovah according to the patriarchal system and Jews are those who worshipped God as per the Law of Moses. It has been said that the Jews were only given the right to worship God. Meanwhile, the Gentiles believed in Jesus. Jews are believed to have come from God and Gentiles are not considered so.

The word Gentile has Latin roots and the word Jew is related to Hebrew. In Latin, gentiles means belonging to a tribe or clan. The word gentiles refer to non-Israelite tribes in the King James Version of the Bible. But today Gentile stands for “non-Jew”. The word Jews has been derived from Hebrew yehudim.

Gentiles are considered to be non-Hebrew people who were descendants of Abraham of Israel. On the other hand, the Jewish ancestry is traced to the patriarchs of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The Jews do not consider Jesus as God and believe that a Messiah will descend on the earth who will unite everyone under the Kingdom of God. They believe that this messiah through the unification of mankind will bring justice and peace to every one. On the other hand, the gentiles believe in every other thing that the Jews believe in. In modern times, Christians are called gentiles and as such they believe in the Son of God.

While Jews follow Judaism, the Gentiles follow Christianity. Judaism is decentralized and there is no one like Pope or other decision-making authorities as in Christianity. Each Jewish congregation is separate and is headed by a Rabbi, who is the spiritual leader.


1. A Jew is one who is descendent of the patriarch Israel. Gentiles on the other hand are those persons who are not Jews.
2. Gentiles are those who worshipped Jehovah according to the patriarchal system. and Jews are those who worshipped God as per the Law of Moses.
3. Jews were only given the right to worship God. They are believed to have come from God and Gentiles are not considered so.
4. Jews are the descendants of Israel and all other persons were considered to be gentiles.

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  1. This needs to be rewritten in an unbiased manner. The information provided is not bad it’s just too slanted the way it’s currently written.

    • This does not make any sense at all. Specifically, Gentiles are a specific nation of people who descend from Noah’s eldest son Yapheth. (See Genesis 10), and when you read that chapter you will find that Gentiles are europeans and asians. The Most High designated man by their respective nations and languages, not according to their races as was developed and propagated by gentile europeans. Therefore, the descendants of Shem are not gentiles or the descendants of Ham. Hebrews descend from Shem through Eber who’s seed is ultimately Abram. Please stop playing games and read the TORAH. The Children of Israel are Hebrew Israelites. The Eurogentiles have created their own religion and do not worship YHWH ELOHIM of Israel, and will be judge for the idolatry and paganism, and the treatment of the Children of Israel during their captivity in America. Yes, in America the daughter of bablyon. The Children of Israel are the so called negroes. The only people who fit and fullfil every prophecy in the TORAH. The TORAH and the Epistles are the history, law, statutes, and prophecy of one people, Israel. No other nation can even teach the word of YHWH except his saints, Israel.

      • Sir,
        So how come there are people who are gentiles turning to Judism? I don’t see how this can happen when they are not Jews.
        I am confused.
        a gentile

        • As far as Gentiles being grafted, or joined into the House of the ALMIGHTY, the House of Israel … “the Hebrew Israelite”, and not Jew or Jewish, for their Salvation or into the Covenant of the MOST HIGH. Yes, they, the Gentiles can become as an Israelite, which means that they have joined the Covenant of Salvation, providing they follow the “PlumbLine” of Israel ..Amos 7:7-8 & Romans 11:7-29.

          The “PlumbLing” of Israel is the ways toward the Precious Covenant of the MOST HIGH, by way of MELCHIZEDEK and YAHSHUA.

          Prince Yosef II

        • Sir, by being born in a Spiritual way, & that’s by the ALMIGHTY, I put nobody down, except when they lack the knowledge of TRUTH!
          Therefore, I ask that you go to my website, and if you’re still confused, call me!
          Prince Yosef II

        • Confusion is more than a common misunderstanding when it comes to the Spiritual Words of the ALMIGHTY. Why? Because so many Gentiles as well as the Israelite, that don’t have the Spiritual Insight to teach the Words of the MOST HIGH.
          Some Israelite, not Jew or Jewish, have no understanding of Salvation, the Principle … YAHSHUA & MELCHIZEDEK.
          And the Gentiles, they think, pray, and teach nothing else but ..JESUS CHRIST. They know nothing about the true House of Israel, nor the purpose of YAHSHUA (JESUS CHRIST). But they do know how to sing, shout and collect the monies.
          In Spirit & in Truth …
          Prince Yosef II

      • “some of the so-called negroes”, and a few minor points. Other than that…Amen.

      • I finally understand why israely are highly respected for the whole earth.

      • Wow, so every other community of people other than news are not children of god? And no one worships HIM the proper way except Jews? I thought GOD loves all his children and doesn’t show bias. If GOD loves only Jews and says that others who worhip his differently are not right or pure or whatever, then I think that is just show the narrowness of thinking. GoD is above all the petty stuff and issues and whoever tries to say that a particular religion or race of people are superior because of their whorshipping methods and beliefs, then it’s them who are the unfortunate ones really… learn about the religion deeply and not by only reading scriptures. Rituals don’t prove anything but spirituality and good action is all that really matters.

        • Yes I agree! Jesus created a relationship to get to know God better not a Religion!!!

        • You know only a few days ago I was talking to God. And I said to Him with due respect, why created some people to be superior over others. I said to Him, we are all your children we should be equal to each other. Why put us to serve, because of You, we are being illtrated today, then I remembered Ecclesiastes:9. I was angry at Him quarreling as I walked down the street. I told God that it was not fair, Why, why would you do that.
          God hasn’t got back to me as yet with the answer. I would like to know.

        • Regarding the last part, it does matter Jesus Christ is the only way . He is the way the truth and life. Being Good, and doing good works cannot get us to heaven. We must repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior, live in obedience and walk in faith. God bless.

          • Amen,it’s as simple as that. Jesus is the wayand He made it so easy for us. just a relationship, worship, pray and repent. follow the scriptures. godis not a author of confusion and He dont want us to be confused.
            be anxious for nothing and bring all cares to Him. jews or gentiles, He created us all and He will not leave us in the cold. Bless you

      • Get out of here with that racist crap. God doesn’t care about where you decend from he only cares about keeping his word and following his son Jesus Christ. The negroes don’t fit any prophecy besides the ones your people manipulated them into to gain control by using them. Jesus is the son of God and only through him do we enter the kingdom. We are all sinners and must repent. God does not use any tribe of people to push political agendas. He uses the individual. We are all Gods people if we choose to believe in him.

      • Wow! Thanks for sharing your information. You’ve got me thinking, rearranging my thoughts. Thanks so much . Simple and direct always makes sense.

  2. Jews believe that the entire universe comes from god, as too the gentiles.

  3. In the biblical text the word gentile is anyone other than a Hebrew. All Judahites are Hebrews but not all Hebrews are Judahites. The word JEW is a slang word for some one who is not a Judahite Hebrew. The word JEW did not come into useage until about 200 years ago in the English language. The word Jew is most often associated with the Canaanite Jews of the first century before Jesus of Nazareth was born. They came from the surrounding tribes who were not Hebrews. Hebrews are two family lines known as the House of Israel and the House of Judah. The house of Israel being the larger of the two.
    In the biblical text in the New Testament the word gentile or nation has two different groups of people being called the same thing. The people of God were the ethnee and the people of the devil were the ethnoon or heathen pagan gentiles.
    God only sees two kind of people, Hebrews and gentiles.

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    Jerry Collins

    • Am still confuse,please! I need more understanding of the differencesbetween the gentiles and greeks! All these definition andexplanations,dose satisfy me!

      • adam was the son of God. Jacob came along, descended from Adam. God had special plans for Jacob and changed his name to Israel. Israel had 12 sons,and those sons, sons became the 12 tribes of Israel.prior to all this, before the universe was even created,this family headed by adam and nationalized by Jacob, into Israel,was with God in the heavens. They were fore known and predestinated to be conformed into the image of HIS first begotten Son the Lord Jesus Christ. (LORD=YAHWAH. JESUS CHRIST=
        SHUA.(SHUA=YAHWAH’S DELIVERER)…HIS first begotten Son, YAHWASUA. This family is the family of Yahwah Eloheem. These are the Children of God. They never had a beginning just as their father had no beginning. God sent them all here to earth to be prepared to administer His kingdom upon this earth.(Thy kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.)during this preparation (perfecting)of his children, they rebelled and went after other gods and Yahwah punished them temporarilu by blinding them and scattering them all over the world. Not all were cast afar, a remnant remained in palistine which would bring the story to the times of Jesus.fast forward to the times of Paul, and see that Paul was the apostle Jesus sent to the Gentiles.(nations). these nations were not related to Yahwah, but they worshipped other gods that were really demons. so when paul was said to be sent to the Gentiles, it means “sent to the nations of the world” WHY? because most of God”s children, the lost sheep of the house of Israel , were residing in those foreign countries. so we see that jesus sent paul to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God not to the nations , but to his casr away children who had fled all over the world. So gentiles are the scattered Israelites abroad, and who the king james mistakenly called Jews are the remaining Israelites who lived during the time of Jesus. that’s as simple as I can explain it. the greeks would be the same as the gentiles. remember, they are the same children of God from heaven, bur they are going thru the really tough lessons the great teacher has decided to give them. At the proper time they will begin their role as the heirs of God’s kingdom, and administer it.

    • Why don’t we let the Law given to Moses by YHWH, who is acceptable to HIM. The Almighty Elohim said to Moses : “I will raise up for them from among their brothers, a prophet like you, and I will put my words in his mouth, and he will speak to them all that I command him. Indeed, I will require an account from the man who will not listen to my words that he will speak in my name. ”
      Deuteronomy 18 : 18, 19 Also read Acts 3 : 22, 23 indeed read the entire chapter 3 of Acts. So according to Moses, the holy prophe of God Almighty , everyone who will not listen to Jesus will have to be held accountable in the high court of the Most High. And as apostle Peter, another prophet of God Almighty wrote infused by the power of God, “You must listen to whatever he tells you. Indeed, anyone who does not listen, will be completely destroyed from among the people” Acts 3 : 23. Jesus said it
      himself : “For I have not spoken of my own initiative, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak, and I know that his commandment means everlasting life. So whatever I speak, I speak just as the Father told me to ” John 12 : 49, 50
      Also prophet David wrote about Jesus and he described him as the Son of the Most High and our King of kings. Psalm 2. Prophet Daniel also wrote and plenty declared many prophecies about the Christ. Daniel 2 : 44; 7 : 13, 14. Also prophet Isaiah chapter 11 : 1 – 9. If we don’t believe what Elohim told Moses and what he told his holy prophets of old time about Jesus and how we most listen to him in order to live in peace with each other and be better citizens and stop practicing war, hate, racial prejudice, animal cruelty, greed, etc. If we don’t listen to God’s holy Son, Jesus we will be in rebellion against the Most Holy , The Almighty God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, and he will require an account from us. That’s why we live in a world filled with hate and violence, because we don’t listen to the Life – Giver, YHWH, Elohim, Jehovah, The only true God. Jesus showed us the way Matthew chapter 5. God Almighty did his part sending his holy prophets and his own Son Jesus. Those who reject him will surely give an account. The time of restoration of all things of which God spoke through the mouth of all his holy prophets is coming, heaven must hold this one within itself until the end of the dark period of time comes and YHWH send his appointed King to rule over the entire earth and his subjects make up by the true children of God, those with the characteristics necessary to live for ever in the new earth, this new society will enjoy the freedom and the peace of the true children of God, his loyal and obedient ones, those born by spirit John chapter 3; Psalm 37 : 9-11;
      Isaiah 33 : 24; 65 : 17 – 25; Psalm 72 : 16
      Jesus also said “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual needs, since the kingdom of the heaven belongs to them. Happy are the mild-tempered ones, since they will inherit the same. You must pray, then, this way : ‘ Our Father in heaven, let your name be sanctified. Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth. ” Matthew 5 : 3, 5; 6 : 9,10.
      The choice is our. To listen or to ignore.

  4. The article is grotesquely inaccurate. Jews believe that all people are descended from Adam, so there is no distinction regarding whether they “come from God” or not. Everyone does. Gentiles, obviously, have been around since long before people started worshiping Jesus, so not all Gentiles were Christians and not all Gentiles today are Christians. Jews believe that there is only one God but that everyone is entitled to worship Him. When the Jewish Temple stood in Jerusalem, not only Jews but Gentiles as well came to pay obeisance.

  5. Where does Romans 10:12 fit in to all of this?

  6. I believe it…… that’s all i can say 😀

  7. Jehovah…. it’s nice to see people using God’s name, Jehovah!


    I found this uninformative and perhaps confusing for people without any other information.

    I am a Jewish male and am fairly well-learned in my tradition (which means I read Hebrew, some Aramaic, pray 3x daily according to the traditional liturgy, keep the laws of kosher food, study our holy books, was born of a Jewish mother, etc).

    The “Jews” are a tribe of people…I have heard us referred to as a “meta-family”, and I think this is a good term. We trace our common ancestry back to Jacob, who was also called “Israel”.

    That ancestry has traditionally been traced through the mother, as per the enactments of Ezra, and stated in a Mishnah (a compilation of Jewish laws and customs compiled in the 2nd century, to preserve our customs and way of life during our dispersion), and expounded upon in the Gemara (in Kiddushin page 68 side b). There is no debate that normative Jewish society has used this criteria to establish who “belonged” to the tribe for around 1500 years, but nowadays there are those who disagree and would like to revamp the law, because circumstances are different. That is not our current discussion…

    Someone not of this tribe is referred to, in modern parlance as a “gentile”. It is a greek translation of the Hebrew word “Goy”, which literally means “nation”. The Jews referred to the world around them as “nations”. The Jews are also referred to with the same word, as in “Who is like my people Israel one nation (goy) upon the earth?” The term was not, in its roots, derogatory in any sense, but in some circles came to be used as a negative epithet (comparable to the way the word “foreign” is not inherently derisive, but can become so).

    A gentile is someone who does not belong to the Jewish people. That is all. The can convert, but this not be misunderstood as some type of a “religious” choice. Conversion to Judaism has historically meant joining up with that tribe, and abiding by the way of life prescribed therein (historically the Jews have had a very highly regimented and spiritually focused lifestyle, though this has eroded somewhat since the 19th century in many circles).

    There are several millenia of well-documented Jewish beliefs, and a general canon of well-accepted theological ideas. This is the body of Jewish spiritual and philosophical literature which is our nation’s treasure. Not every Jew adheres to or believes in this canon of our precious thought, but they are not any less “Jewish” in any sense whatsoever, though one could say they are not “practicing Judaism”, which generally means adhering to the structure of traditional Jewish spiritual life (observance of holidays, dietary laws, etc). This again is not a value judgement.

    There was a lot I found to be problematic in this simplistic treatment of a nuanced subject, but that is all I have time for now. If there are any serious inquiries, you may email me, but I cannot promise it will be my first priority to respond.

    Best wishes to everyone on attaining inner peace and solving their own life’s riddle, and may we use the tools of religious and spiritual traditions appropriately, and benefit by their use.

    • I was came upon a line in KJV Bible “With a simple act and firm words, Peter removes from Cornelius’s mind and heart the difference between Jew and Gentile.” I then very simply wanted to understand more what the difference meant. I’m very thankful for the time you spent responding.

      • I was came upon a line in KJV Bible “With a simple act and firm words, Peter removes from Cornelius’s mind and heart the difference between Jew and Gentile.” I then very simply wanted to understand more what the difference meant. I’m very thankful for the time you spent responding.

        This seems to me to that Peter removed Cornelius’s bias towards the Jews (Cornelius being a Roman, a “gentile”). The Jews were a distinct cultural and ethnic group living in their homeland that had been taken over by Rome by force. There was a lot of animosity between the two groups.

        Because Jews for much of their early history had pagan neighbors with horrible practices (like child sacrifice), they had made a very strong separation between themselves and their neighbors, eventually becoming quite insular. This made them a unique and separate group of people, ripe for prejudice against them, and also ripe to be prejudiced themselves. Remember, this is the ancient world, and the tribal mentality is very strong.

        So Jews and “Gentiles” (which includes Romans, of course) wouldn’t even eat together. That’s why the episode of Peter on the roof is such a big deal, because he feels a call from heaven to eat “unclean food” (lobster, etc, foods prohibited by Jewish law) with people who he normally wouldn’t eat with because of social and religious taboos.

        So in order to heal this breach, the spirit drew Peter and Cornelius towards one another, to eat together as equals – a radical act, and one that Peter would have been exiled from his community for (not as much for eating as for what he was eating).

        Notice Peter’s response to the initial call to “rise, kill, and eat” the “unclean” (or “not kosher”) food. “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.” (KJV, Acts 10:14)

        This means that the whole time that peter was with Jesus, he only ate food that was “kosher”, which is an interesting thing to notice. It seems the disciples were still obeying ritual law while they were with their Master in the flesh, something often overlooked.

        Anyhow, Jews and Gentiles were very separate culturally, and Peter was compelled to step across that divide. Hope this helps you understand a bit.

        • Very very informative n clear explanation.

        • It was necessary for the Messiah to appear to the Jew first and to fulfill all Messianic prophecies and requirements.

          Acts 11:11 Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. 2 And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision CONTENDED with him, 3 saying, “You went in to uncircumcised men AND ATE WITH THEM!”

          Peter received the message loud and clear. Not only did he preach to the Cornelius and his family…he also ate with them! It was scandalous!

          “And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:” Luke 10:8

    • U know what people likes to confussed themselves while they really know the whole that God was the creater of everything ,no one create except and Him is the only one who knows the truth and that Jesus is the son of God and one can change that Amen.

    • This was the easiest to understand thank you.

  9. Getiles are “genitals” the are not” real” like the lost” is- real- ites”.Genitles are sex organs on a rampage to keep the world upside down

  10. This is a bit confusing. Anyway thank GOD .

  11. omg for yall idiots what hes trying to simply say is the gentile jews are the culture vultures, the ones that stole the land and mimicked the bible with assyrian (nazi), roman and greek literature. while the real jews are the negroes

    • I don’t want to get involved in politics or anything but it’s clear that the original Jews were not black from the incident with Moses’ wife Tzippora (who was black). Also, since they were from an area right in the middle of the world, it seems their skin tone (if that matters) was olive/tan/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. Through migration and intermarriage, there are authentic Jews of many different skin types, which is why people are often confused as to what a “Jew” is. Quite simply, a Jew is a matrilineal descendant of any of the 12 sons of Jacob.

  12. Hmmm God is in control …Jew and gentile God created us all

  13. I believe in God the living one

  14. I believe we’re all Jews cause we all came from Abraham. The Jews considered anyone that refused to follow God’s law a Gentile even if they were born a Jew, cause some Jews went there own way and thus were considered by their kinsmen Gentiles because they wouldn’t follow all if any the purification laws and sacrifices. The Jews ( Pharisees) that supposedly followed God’s law were hateful towards the Jews that refused to follow God’s law and hence thought they were better. When Jesus came to his people that supposedly did follow the law, HE EXPOSED the (Pharisees) for who they REALLY were. When Jesus called a supposedly Gentile woman a dog Jesus was testing her faith not saying she wasn’t a Jew. But at that time since she didn’t follow God’s law was considered a Gentile and Jesus said, I have not seen so great faith! And Jesus healed her demon possessed daughter. And NO, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking then why did Jesus say it’s not meet to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs. And she said even the dogs eat the crumbs from the masters table. That’s when Jesus said, I have not seen so great faith. It’s because Jesus was testing her faith. NOT calling her a dog. The Jews that followed the law considered the Jews that didn’t dogs though. And when the Apostles tried to get Jesus to make her go away HE taught the Apostles that everyone is a Jew, and He’s come to die for ALL people. Whether they follow HIS law or not, and HE did!!! The term other nations comes from when God scattered people and confused their language so they would ultimately obey God and do what God said and populate the earth. And I believe they wanted the relationship back with their creator and that’s why they tried to build a tower to heaven. But in doing that they were disobeying God. Jesus already since the beginning of time was going to save us, cause HE knew what Adam and Eve were going to do. I believe we all want to go to Heaven, but people from different cultures made different religions from Islamic to Mohammed but there is only ONE WAY and it’s the old way we all used to know. God’s way!!! From the King James Version Bible!!! King James took his best smartest scholars and told them to write a Holy Book and so the scholars heard about all the things Jesus did and how good HE was so the scholars wrote King James Holy Book, which we now call the King James Bible. Here’s the AWESOME part, they asked the Jews that have through the centuries that followed God’s law to write the book and translate it into Latin at that time so King James could read it. And be comforted cause when he told the scholars to have it written King James was really sick and going to die. His scholars handed King James the book and King James declared it the King James Bible. Sadly, three days later King James died and they found King James holding the Bible in his arms. It’s been proven to be the exact writings that the Jews that didn’t wander from God’s laws have. Being a real Bible based Apostolic Christian and getting back to following our Jewish brothers and sisters and God’s law and what God’s book and God says is the only way back home to Heaven. Let’s all just live like the Jews we know we originally were and get back to what Jesus really said. Love !!!

  15. Well this is the myth of bronzed age desert dwellers who have an illusion that they’re chosen. It’s a racial cult based on blood and contempt for the outsider. The only difference is that they believe (falsely) that they have authorization to dictate to other races and cultures norms and behaviours.

    The reason why they’ve been persecuted and expelled from 108 nation’s is solely due to their maliciousness, ingratitude and Hubris.

    Never has a race like these Semites has existed before or since.

    • 100% truth in this comment. When you get kicked out of every country you went to it must mean your doing something wrong. To me it seems like the Jews are just power hungry. They think they are above all and then try to take over every nation they invade. Through any means. Don’t get me wrong , I don’t hate them but they have a track record of lying and deceiving to gain power. They think they are God himself. Wait till Jesus Christ returns then we will see.

  16. I believe in God the living one

  17. Jews are those who adhere to the letter of law, while Gentile adhere to the Spirit of law. The difference is subtle but is significant in that it defines our mindset, that of law or that of grace. Grace allows us the freedom to discern what is more valuable; keeping law or serving people. Jesus made it clear that the spirit of law is that which serves people when he fed and healed people on the Sabbath.

  18. The sons of Japheth are the Gentiles! Genesis chapter 10.
    These are Europeans and Asians!
    The sons of Shem and Ham are not Gentiles, they are also black!
    Hamites and Shemites married heavily with one another!
    You can’t have that kind of marrying for 1000 years and people look like they do today in Israel

  19. Hope all we say and do, is about our road to heaven, may God help us.

  20. Please I need more clarification on the difference between Jews and Gentiles. The whole thing is confusing

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