Definition of Israelite in English:


Line breaks: Is¦rael|ite
Pronunciation: /ˈɪzrəlʌɪt


  • 1A member of the ancient Hebrew nation, especially in the period from the Exodus to the Babylonian Captivity (circa 12th to 6th centuries bc).
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    • 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.
  • 1.1An old-fashioned and sometimes offensive term for a Jew.


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  • Relating to the Israelites.
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    • 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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