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2 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course Lesson 13

An Open Letter from the Staff...

We learned in Lesson 2 that the English
word “Jews” as found in most New Testament
translations and versions is an INCORRECT
rendering of the Greek word loudaios (#2453 in
Strong’s Concordance). Considering the
definition of this Greek word, the most appropriate
translation is “Judeans” since the word denotes a
GEOGRAPHICAL location instead of a race --
referring to people from the area of Judea and
those adhering to their culture. We also learned
that the majority of the people called “Jews” today
have little or no racial relation to the “Judeans”
mentioned in the Bible.
Much confusion exists within the
Christian world because of the MISUSE and HOPE OF ISRAEL MINISTRIES
MISUNDERSTANDING of the word “Jews” as BIBLE
well as an ignorance of the meaning of the word
“Judeans.” We have already seen that the two CORRESPONDENCE COURSE
terms are not equivalent or even closely related. LESSON 13
Yet, many treat them as such. Some say the
Judeans were Israelites, others say that part of Published at Arcadia, California by Hope of
them were Israelites, and still others claim none of Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH).
them were Israelites. They can’t all be right. Just
who were these “Judeans” that we read about in the EDITOR AND DIRECTOR
New Testament? John D. Keyser
As noted in the second lesson, the term
“Jew” was not coined and used until hundreds of TECHNICAL ADVISOR
years AFTER the first century A.D. It has been
Sean C. Keyser
ERRONEOUSLY substituted for the word
“Judean” in the Bible and falsely equated with the
YOUR ENROLLMENT has been paid by
terms “Hebrew” and “Israelite” for so many years
others. Bulk copies for distribution not
that the majority of the civilized world is
given or sold.
completely brainwashed and IGNORANT of this
misrepresentation. The words “Jewish,” “Jewry”
Editor at the following address:
and “Judaism” are similarly of recent origin.
Hope of Israel Ministries, P.O. Box 2186,
After the Roman destruction of Jerusalem
Temple City, California 91780, U.S.A.
in 70 A.D., the Judean “nation” ended, leaving
only scattered adherents of the Judean religious
culture. The oral law of the Pharisees (the tradition
of the elders) was codified and preserved in About Our Cover...
writing and became known as the Talmud. Thus,
Pharisaism became Talmudism, and Talmudism A typical small town in Roman occupied
developed into what is known today as the religion Judea during the 1st.-century A.D.
of Judaism.

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