Who Are the Gentiles?

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The term "gentile" refers to someone who is not Jewish. Traditionally, this term only referred to Christians. Non-Christians from non-Western cultures were not typically labelled with this term. The Church of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon church, adopted this term to refer to non-Mormon people.

The word "gentile" comes from the Latin term "gentilis," meaning "equivalent to," and refers to members of a clan or family. It came to be used in English beginning in the end of the 14th century. The King James Bible, which is used by many Christian denominations as of 2014, translates the Hebrew term "goyim" into "gentiles" 30 times.