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Mission and Conversion: Proselytizing in the Religious History of the Roman Empire

Martin Goodman


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 period, arguing that mission is not an inherent religious instinct, that in antiquity it was found only sporadically among Jews and pagans, and that even Christians rarely stressed ... More

Keywords: origins of mission, conversion, Jewish history, comparative religious history, proselytization, Early Church, pagans, Jewish missionary attitudes, Second Temple, Talmudic period

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198263876
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Goodman, author
Wolfson College, Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew Studies
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