(3 syl.) among Jèwish writers were of two kinds- viz. “The
proselyte of righteousness” and the
“stranger of the gate.” The former submitted to circumcision and
conformed to the laws of Moses. The latter abstained from offering
sacrifice to heathen gods, and from working on the Sabbath. “The
stranger that is within thy gate” = the stranger of the gate.
“I must confess that his society was at first irksome; but ... I now
have hope that he may become a stranger of the gate.” —Eldad the
Pilgrim, ch. iii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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