People

British Sign Language (BSL) signs for people groups, races, ethnic groups, collective nouns, classes, roles, identities, individuals, and affiliations.

Abraham

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Abraham. The first patriarch of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and some other religions. Originally named Abram, he was a Bronze Age nomad whom God called to be the founder of the Hebrew people.

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Amish

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Amish. An American Protestant group, descended from Europeans who settled there in the eighteenth century to escape persecution. They place high value on family and community and live simple lives, working the land and relying on God.

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Ancestors

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Ancestors. Any person from whom one is descended. Most commonly refers to persons who are deceased and who were born before one’s grandparents.

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Apostle

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Apostle. In the New Testament usually referring to one who was with Jesus in person, a close disciple of Jesus, one who then took early Christian teaching and missionary work.

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Chosen People

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Chosen People. In the Old Testament: taken to mean the Jewish people (Israelites) who descended from Abraham. In the New Testament: taken to mean all those who believe and trust in Jesus.

See also: and Israel (Tribe) and Israel (Jacob) and Israel (Country) and Israelites and Judaism and Jew (Jewish People) and Hebrew / Hebrews (People) and Messianic Judaism and Hasidim / Chassidism / Hasidic Judaism

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Chronicler

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Chronicler. Someone who writes descriptions of events as they happen.

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Church (Family)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Church (Family). The collective noun for Christians meeting to worship and work together according to God’s will.

See also: Church (Building)

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Citizen

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Citizen. A subject (person) of a country, city or town, entitled to its privileges and protection.

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Cohort

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Cohort. An ancient Roman military unit. A group of people with certain characteristics in common, such as a group of ordinands or university intake.

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Flock (Jesus’ flock)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Flock (Jesus’ flock). Christians; a group under the guidance of a leader, a church congregation.

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Forefather

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Forefather. Ancestor.

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Gentile

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Gentile. A person who isn’t Jewish.

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Infidel

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Infidel. Someone who does not believe in the predominant religion of his or her culture.

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Jew (Jewish People)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Jew (Jewish People). Originally this referred to an inhabitant of Judah, later a Hebrew, later still (ie by New Testament times) the word was used for an Israelite.

See also: Judaism and Jew (Jewish People) and Hebrew / Hebrews (People) and Israelites and Israel (Tribe) and Hasidim / Chassidism / Hasidic Judaism and Messianic Judaism

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