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Uriah the Hittite (mentioned in 2 Shmuel 11 and various other places) seems to be Jewish based on his name (Light of God). So why was he called "the Hittite"? Is there any opinion that he was not Jewish?

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Try looking him up in אישי התנ"ך – Shokhet Jul 21 '14 at 13:51
@Shokhet is that online? – user6641 Jul 21 '14 at 14:05
Just went Googling for it.....found it up for sale in a bunch of places.....searched Hebrewbooks, they don't seem to have it.... – Shokhet Jul 21 '14 at 14:07

Kli Yakar - Shmuel 2 says he was called Hachiti, either because he was a convert from Chais or he lived amongst the Bnei Chais. Either way he was a Jew.

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were the hittite's allowed to convert? weren't they part of the 7 cannanite nations? Is there any record of other hittites living in eretz yisrael at that time? – user6641 Jul 21 '14 at 14:05
@user6641: To the best of my knowledge there is no issue with converts from the seven nations of Canaan or from Amalek. There is issues with converts from Amon, Moav, Mitzrayim. – Gershon Gold Jul 21 '14 at 14:11
Similar treatment is given to the father of Hiram, who is listed as Tyrian in Kings and Chronicles. – Baby Seal Jul 31 '14 at 15:11

The Gemara in Kiddushin says that he was Jewish - Kiddush 76b:

אמר רב יהודה אמר רב כדי שתהא זכותן וזכות אבותם מסייעתן והאיכא (שמואל ב כג, לז) צלק העמוני מאי לאו דאתי מעמון לא דיתיב בעמון והאיכא (שמואל ב כג, לט) אוריה החתי מאי לאו דאתי מחת לא דיתיב בחת

(Summary) As a member of Dovid's army, Uriah had impeccable lineage. He was called "Hachiti" because he lived in Cheis.

I recall hearing a recording from R' Yisroel Reisman in which he quoted a Medrash that said that Uriel had a questionable conversion, and the Medrash actually explains with that idea how Batsheva came to marry Uriah and how Dovid was involved. Not the place for it here.

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See Ben Yehoyada on that gemarah who indicates that he was a convert – user6641 Jul 31 '14 at 17:41

...there is an amazing Midrash [Cite by the Rif on Ein Yaakov Sanhedrin 107a, Me’am Lo’ez on Shmuel beis perek 11 and the Alshich on Shmuel beis perek 13] which reveals that Uriyah was the arms-bearer of Goliath. After Dovid struck Goliath down with his Divinely-guided slingshot, Dovid could not draw Goliath’s sword to chop off his head. Amazingly, Uriyah, Goliath’s arms-bearer, helped Dovid finish off the job.

It would appear from here that Uriah was at one point not Jewish. Based on the other answer it would seem he converted.


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