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Mission and ConversionProselytizing in the Religious History of the Roman Empire$
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Martin Goodman

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263876

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263876.001.0001

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The Consequences and Origins of Proselytizing

The Consequences and Origins of Proselytizing

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Mission and Conversion


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This chapter explores the possible origins of proselytizing. The suggestion that approval of universal proselytizing may have arisen among some rabbinic Jews in reaction to the use of the concept within the Church, raises the possibility that such mission may also have been found in other religions of late antiquity affected by Christianity. The investigation examines whether pagans or others proselytized under the influence of Christians and the consequences of the notion of proselytizing mission on religious behaviour in antiquity. Lastly, it investigates some possible explanations for the emergence of the idea of universal proselytizing in the history of the early church.

Keywords:   proselytizing origins, Christianity, universal proselytizing, rabbinic Jews

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