The most famous of the anti-gentile teachers is Simeon bar Yochai.He is often quoted by antisemites in his sayings: "The best of gentiles kill it, the best of snakes cut its head, the most pious of women is prone to sorcery." His beliefs might reflect the extreme persecution of the Jews by the Romans during his time and the fact that he spent a great portion of his life escaping from the Romans.

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The term "gentiles" is derived from Latin, used for contextual translation, and not an original Hebrew or Greek word from the Bible.

The original words goy and ethnos refer to "peoples" or "nations" and is applied to both Israelites and non-Israelites in the Bible.

Eleazar ben Azariah believed that the rulings performed by a gentile court are not valid for Jews.

Rabbi Akiba believed that Israel's monotheism is far superior to the ever-changing beliefs of the gentiles.

In Mormon contexts the word can be used to refer to people who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Torah exhibits a passionate intolerance of the Gentile nations, alleging the Gentiles practice "idolatry" and other things it holds to be immoral.Hananiah ben Akabia believed that shedding the blood of the gentiles, although not punishable in human courts, will be punished in heavenly judgement.Jacob, the grandson of Elisha ben Abuyah, wrote that he saw a gentile binding his father and throwing him to his dog as food.Joshua ben Hananiah believed that there are righteous men amongst the gentiles who will enter the world to come.He believed that except for the descendents of the Amaleks, the rest of the gentiles will adopt monotheism and righteous amongst them will escape Gehenna.Rabbinical writings often show more hostility towards gentiles due to frequent persecution of the Jews by these nations.