1A member of the ancient Hebrew nation, especially in the period from the Exodus to the Babylonian Captivity (circa 12th to 6th centuries bc).
- The Temple of the ancient Israelites is the original Hebrew expression of pagan consciousness.
- The Hebrew Bible written by the ancient Israelites, was adopted by the Early Christians.
- Unlike their exodus over four centuries later, the Israelites ' entry into Egypt was under very favorable circumstances.
1.1 old-fashioned and sometimes offensive term for Jew.
Relating to the Israelites.
- Donald Senior stated it nicely in his article ‘Between Two Worlds: Gentile and Israelite Christians in Matthew's Gospel.’
- The same can be said of Israelite tradition.
- Zechariah spoke in a world dominated by traditional Israelite enemies.
Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek Israēlitēs.
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