New PDF release: Converts to Judaism: Stories from Biblical Times to Today

By Lawrence J. Epstein

ISBN-10: 1442234687

ISBN-13: 9781442234680

From the biblical tale of Ruth to the superstar conversion of Elizabeth Taylor, Converts to Judaism tells the tales of people that have switched over to Judaism all through background. The publication introduces readers to origins of Judaism and stocks the 1st conversion tales of the folks who helped the early Jewish religion develop.

Subsequent chapters hint the trajectory of Judaism in the course of the a while whereas highlighting the tales of converts either famous and lesser-known and the way they formed the culture. The e-book contains not just the tale of Warder Cresson, who used to be wear trial for madness after changing to Judaism, but in addition recognized celebrities who turned Jewish akin to Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Written through a famous specialist at the conversion procedure, Converts to Judaism serves as a special source to humans contemplating the tough course of conversion and an indication of the $64000, and occasionally fantastic, function Jewish converts have consistently performed in Jewish life."

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Jewish power continued to dissolve. The Roman Empire was crumbling from within, and a new religion, Christianity, was continuing to grow. That growth was exemplified by the crucial conversion of the emperor Constantine in 313 CE. Anti-Jewish legislation ensued. The Jews were powerless, without a homeland or Temple, increasingly the object of religious hatred, and demoralized. Unsurprisingly, the Jews increasingly turned inward, focusing on study and religious observance. There were Jews throughout the Diaspora.

Joseph and Aseneth is another work that some see (and others don’t) as promoting a Jewish mission. The work is a romance that 34 CHA P TER 2 seeks to complete the biblical story of Joseph and his marriage to Aseneth (Genesis 41:45). The work’s central question is how prototypical a Jew as Joseph could marry a Gentile whose father was a priest of On. The ultimate answer is that such a marriage was allowed precisely because Aseneth converted to Judaism. This work is a good example that illustrates the scholarly debate.

Still, most historians find the increase compelling enough to seek another explanation, and the one most historians accept is that Jews increased their number through conversions. This does not offer proof of active proselytizing but only says that Jews welcomed large numbers of converts during the era. The case for Judaism being an active proselytizing religion rests not just on the genetic and demographic evidence but on other matters as well, such as literary works that seem to have been produced for the purpose of encouraging converts.

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