"May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me." - Jesus, John 17:23

What Does the Bible Say About Ethnic Relations?

Many people are surprised to learn how often the Bible talks about ethnic groups and “ethnic relations” (i.e. how people of different ethnicities should view and treat one another).  If we look at the Bible in its original languages we find that the Hebrew word goy and the Greek word ethnos were used very frequently.  These two words are typically translated into English as “nations” or “Gentiles” but their meaning was very close to our modern understanding of “ethnic groups”.  This resource contains a few of the many passages that teach us about God’s heart for ethnic relations and people of all ethnic groups.  Some of the verses contain goy or ethnos (the words are highlighted) and others teach principles that have direct implications for ethnic relations.

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