Since you care about order, some interesting approaches come up. If they are SORTED this works nicely:
For lists that are NOT sorted, I have an old Pascal program that looks ahead a certain distance (could be to the end on arrays) to decide which one has elements that are not in the other.
Late breaking thought: My Text Diff program compares arrays of strings, more or less.
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Thanks for the replies. The equals method on the Arrays class was what I needed. I had looked at the Arrays class prior to posting this question but for some reason overlooked the equals method at that time.