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Chosen people

Chosen people. A designation for the Jewish people, though also used of groups or people in other religions who have a strong sense of election. Despite the Christian claim that the Jews had forfeited the right to be the true Israel, through centuries of persecution the idea of election persisted. The doctrine of chosenness has been caricatured by anti-Semites, who argued that it was the basis of the world conspiracy for Jewish domination. In the 19th and 20th cents., many Jews have become uneasy with the concept, and the Reconstructionists in particular have eliminated all references to it in their liturgy.

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chosen people

chosen people those selected by God for a special relationship with him, especially the people of Israel, the Jews.

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