Scripture says they were without hope, without God?
ESV - 12 Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
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Gentiles existed before Jesus came to earth, they were Baal worshippers e.g Ruth. Let us remember that God's chosen people Israelites are the descendats of Jacob. God forbade the Israelites from marrying Gentiles and with intermarriage came the Samaritans referred to as Gentile dogs and they were forbidden to mix with the Jews.This is why the woman at the wrll question Jesus request for her to give Him water to drink. With His death and resurrection as was prophesied He broke down the wall of partion between Jews and Gentiles and extend the gift of Salvation to them
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