Judaism in the Talmudic Period Proselytes and Proselytizing


in Mission and Conversion

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263876
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682674 | DOI:

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Judaism in the Talmudic Period Proselytes and Proselytizing

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This chapter considers whether hostility by some Jews to gentile paganism, particularly as enshrined in the Noachide laws, ever had a parallel effect on Jewish theology in the Talmudic period. In the Talmudic period, some Jews began to take a harsher view of gentile paganism. Other Jews moved in the opposite direction, recognizing in public the religious worth of gentiles sympathetic to Judaism even when those gentiles continued to indulge in pagan worship. The discussion explores whether either of these shifts coincided with an increased enthusiasm among any Jews after 100 CE for winning proselytes.

Keywords: Talmudic period; Jewish theology; Noachide laws; proselytes; pagan worship

Chapter.  9778 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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