Where the Word “Jew” Came From

The word “JEW” NEVER appears in the Original Scriptures

The word “Jew.

Look in a Concordance, Strong’s Concordance is a popular, commonly used one. The word “Jew” (#2453 in the Greek) is actually short for the word Judean, or more accurately Ioudas, pronounced ee-oo-dah-yos. The letter “J” is not present in the New Testament Greek alphabet. The English alphabet had no “J” prior to the 14th century, and it wasn’t predominantly used until the 17th century.

Since the word “Jew” is an English concoction that did not exist at the time of the writing of the New Testament, we know that it actually is the word “Judean” or “Judahite.” The King James Bible in 1611, for example, used the word Iudea, not our present “Judea”, and it was pronounced you-dee-a. So the word “Jew” is short for the word “Judean” or “Judahite,” meaning either a resident of a particular area – Judea, the southern part of Canaan, later known as Palestine or a worshiper of the God whose presence was in the temple in Jerusalem in Judea. The word “Jew” or more properly “Judean” had nothing to do with ethnicity.

The English word Jew evolved phonetically from the prefix ‘Iou, from the Greek word ‘Ioudas which means Judean. Judea is the same as Judah, and Judah was the tribe of Israel that inhabited that geographical area when the twelve tribes conquered the inhabitants of Canaan about 1400 B.C. The Tribe of Judah was the largest of the twelve and the most influential. God said that the Messiah would come through that Tribe.

The word “Judean” in the Bible (later incorrectly shortened to “Jew”) originally meant – those who had knowledge of the God of heaven – the Believers