WHO (or what) IS A HEBREW & WHO (or what) IS A JEW?
My desr cafemom Sister shared this research with me (see below) Hopefully she will add some more about the origin of the term 'JEW' to add to this post?
Hebrew in the Bible is used as an early name for a group of people and also for a language, Jews say is the 'heavenly' language. Hebrews were the original people who escaped Egypt and crossed the Jordan River into God's 'Promised Land'. They wandered for 40 years in the desert until all of the 'old' mindset had died and the ones left were more reliant on trusting God and having faith in Him. Being a Hebrew meant they had 'crossed over', some may take that to mean the river but it also is symbolic of our own crossing over, accepting Christ by faith. Spiritually we as Christians as we are labeled today are the same as the Hebrew. Ones who should be living on no more than God's grace. The same way they had to while they wandered for 40 years. By accepting Christ we are 'crossing over'. We are above and not below, we are new creatures in Christ. God's grace is enough!
As can be seen in the Bible the name JEW is connected with 'someone who lives under God's law'. As time passed, the Hebrew language was lost to the Aramaic language which was more prevailent and as time passed they all just came to be known as Jews, under the law. They forgot God's grace over time and became in bondage to the laws of the Pharisees.
The Lord is coming for us soon and we'll be making our 'crossing over' into the Promised Kingdom with Him as our King, Praise God!
H5677 word "Hebrew"
The same as
H5676; Eber, the name of two patriarchs and four Israelites: - Eber, Heber.
FromH5674; properly a region across; but used only adverbially (with or without a preposition) on the opposite side (especially of the Jordan; usually meaning the east): - X against, beyond, by, X from, over, passage, quarter, (other, this) side, straight.
A primitive root; to cross over; used very widely of any transition (literally or figuratively; transitively, intransitively, intensively or causatively); specifically to cover (in copulation): - alienate, alter, X at all, beyond, bring (over, through), carry over, (over-) come (on, over), conduct (over), convey over, current, deliver, do away, enter, escape, fail, gender, get over, (make) go (away, beyond, by, forth, his way, in, on, over, through), have away (more), lay, meddle, overrun, make partition, (cause to, give, make to, over) pass (-age, along, away, beyond, by, -enger, on, out, over, through), (cause to, make) + proclaim (-amation), perish, provoke to anger, put away, rage, + raiser of taxes, remove, send over, set apart, + shave, cause to (make) sound, X speedily, X sweet smelling, take (away), (make to) transgress (-or), translate, turn away, [way-] faring man, be wrath.
H5677; an Eberite (that is, Hebrew) or descendant of Eber: - Hebrew (-ess, woman).