- the Israelites. Ex. 19.
Origin of chosen people
- any of various peoples believing themselves to be chosen by God, esp the Jews
A term applied to the Jews (see also Jews). According to the Old Testament, God chose the descendants of Abraham through the line of Isaac and Jacob — the ancestors of today's Jews — as the people through whom he would reveal himself to the world. God therefore freed them from slavery in Egypt (see also Egypt) and led them into the Promised Land.