Loading...

Proselyte

PROSELYTE (prŏs'ĕ-līt). The Greek word prosēlytos (from the verb proserchomai, “to come to”) is the common LXX translation of the Hebrew word gēr, which means a “foreign resident.” It is often rendered “stranger,” as in “thy stranger that is within thy gates” (Exod.20.10; Deut.5.14 kjv). Before NT times the word had come to apply to a more limited group religiously and a more extended group geographically. In the NT and the writings of Philo and Josephus the word designates a person of Gentile origin who had accepted the Jewish religion, whether living in Palestine or elsewhere.