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Mission and conversion : proselytizing in the religious history of the Roman Empire

Author: Martin Goodman
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994 [i.e. 1995]
Series: Wilde lectures in natural and comparative religion, 1922.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book tackles a central problem of Jewish and comparative religious history: proselytization and the origins of mission in the Early Church. Why did some individuals in the first four centuries of the Christian era believe it desirable to persuade as many outsiders as possible to join their religious group, while others did not? In this book, the author offers a new explanation of the origins of mission in this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Goodman
ISBN: 0198263872 9780198263876
OCLC Number: 37143771
Notes: "Contains the Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion ... delivered ... between January and March 1992"--Preface.
Description: xiv, 194 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The significance of proselytizing --
The diffusion of cults and philosophies in the pagan Roman Empire --
Judaism before 100 CE: attitudes to gentile paganism --
Judaism before 100 CE: proselytes and preoselytizing --
Mission in the early church --
Judaim in the Talmudic period: attitudes to gentile paganism --
Judaism in the Talmudic period: proselytes and proselytizing --
The consequences and origins of proselytizing.
Series Title: Wilde lectures in natural and comparative religion, 1922.
Responsibility: Martin Goodman.

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