E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Court of the Gentiles (The).
They are but in the Court of the Gentiles. They are not wholly Gods people; they are not the elect, but have only a smattering of the truth. The Court of the Israelites in the Jewish temple was for Jewish men; the Court of the Women was for Jewish women; the Court of the Gentiles was for those who were not Jews.
Oli, Cuddie, they are but in the Court of the Gentiles, and will neer win farther ben, I doubt.Sir W. Scott: Old Mortality, chap. viii.