Can u plz explain this quote “Now by my hood, a gentle and no Jew”?

Question:its from Shakespeare - The merchant of venice




Answers:
Sounds like the Jewish guy is astonished that the girl isn't Jewish?!
The "hood" refers to the foreskin of the uncircumcised penis that was the physical distinction between Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews).
http://www.pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/monk...
BTW, that would be "gentile", not "gentle". Great question, though--I've seen that play about a half-dozen times and missed that line. Of course, historically people have had a lot of trouble with the anti-Semitic tone of this play...

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