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The Judaism-based belief of Jews as a chosen people states that Jews are the chosen people of God.


See also: Who is a Jew?

From the Bible

This idea is first found in the Torah (the first five books of the Tanakh, which are also included in the Christian Bible). Much is written about these topics in rabbinic literature. The three largest Jewish denominationsOrthodox Judaism, Conservative Judaism and Reform Judaism believe that the Jews have been chosen by God for a purpose.

Modern views

The idea of chosenness has traditionally been interpreted by Jews in two ways: one way is that God chose the Israelites, while the other is that the Israelites chose God. Another opinion is that even though the Jews chose to follow God, the Kabbalah and Tanya teach that even prior to creation, the "Jewish soul" was already chosen.

From other religions

The Jewish people have a special status in the Islamic book, the Quran:

O children of Israel, remember my favor which I bestowed upon you, and that I favored you above all creation. (Qur'an 2:47). 2:122).[1]

Many Christians also believe that the Jews were God's chosen people (Deuteronomy 14:2),[2] but because of Jewish rejection of Jesus, the Christians in turn received that special status (Romans 11:11-24).[3] This doctrine is known as Supersessionism.


  2. Liberation and reconciliation: a Black theology p. 24
  3. The Collegeville Bible Commentary: Based on the New American Bible, Robert J. Karris, Liturgical Press, 1992, p. 1042

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