Conflicting attitudes to conversion in Judaism, past, and present

Evidence suggests that conversion originated during the Babylonian Exile. Around the same time, biological genealogy was gaining popularity, especially among priests whose legitimacy was becoming increasingly defined by 'pure' pedigree. When the biological, or ethnic, criterion is extended...

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Main Author: Sassoon, I.
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2018.
In:Year: 2018
Further subjects:B Conversion ; Biblical teaching
B Conversion ; Judaism
B Conversion Biblical teaching
B Bible
B Bible. Old Testament Criticism, interpretation, etc
B Conversion Judaism
B Bible ; Old Testament ; Criticism, interpretation, etc
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Erscheint auch als: 9781108416306
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Summary:Evidence suggests that conversion originated during the Babylonian Exile. Around the same time, biological genealogy was gaining popularity, especially among priests whose legitimacy was becoming increasingly defined by 'pure' pedigree. When the biological, or ethnic, criterion is extended to the definition of Jewishness, as it seems to have been by Ezra, the possibility of conversion is all but precluded. The Rabbis did not reject the primacy of genealogy, yet were also heirs to a strong pro-conversion tradition. In this book, Isaac Sassoon confronts the tensions and paradoxes apparent in rabbinic discussions of conversion, and argues that they resulted from irresolution between the two conflicting traditions. He also contends that attitudes to conversion can impact not only one's conception of Judaism but also on one's faith, as seems to be demonstrated by authors cited in the book whose espousal of a narrowly ethnic view of Judaism allows for a nepotistic theology.
Hillel and Shammai -- Philologizing 'ger' -- Metaphoric blood -- Ethnicity's apotheosis -- A hackneyed myth -- David's sons -- Priesthood -- A post-exilic Passover -- Priesthoods under the microscope -- Moses the first-born -- Were converts a caste apart? -- Holiness and haughtiness -- Seed of doubt -- Rites of passage -- A quirky blockbuster -- Maimonides -- Warder Cresson -- Canaanites redux
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ISBN:1108236243
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/9781108236249