That part of a group which has escaped (e.g. exile, Jer. 24: 8) or will not be destroyed (Amos 5: 14–15) or which has remained faithful under trials. It was characteristic of Isaiah's teaching that a remnant of the nation would repent, and in Micah (4: 7) the remnant consists of those to be redeemed. On the other hand, Jeremiah predicts untold misery for any remnant that survives, yet if blame lies with the nation's rulers a remnant may be saved (Jer. 23: 3–4), though not if they flee to Egypt (Jer. 42: 15–16). Ezekiel too foresees total destruction (5: 1–4), yet prays for the safety of a remnant (11: 13). In the NT Paul rejoices that there is a remnant of the Jewish people who have turned to Christ ‘by grace’ (Rom. 11: 5).
Subjects: Biblical Studies.