Mission and Conversion: Proselytizing in the Religious History of the Roman Empire / Edition 1

Mission and Conversion: Proselytizing in the Religious History of the Roman Empire / Edition 1

by Martin D. Goodman, Susan Goodman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198263872

ISBN-13: 9780198263876

Pub. Date: 03/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


This is a controversial and important new examination of the origins of Christian mission, set against the background of ancient Judaism and the pagan culture of the Roman Empire. The author invites a total reconsideration of the grounds for religious conversion in both Christianity and Judaism. He suggests that mission was not inherent to either early Judaism or…  See more details below

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This is a controversial and important new examination of the origins of Christian mission, set against the background of ancient Judaism and the pagan culture of the Roman Empire. The author invites a total reconsideration of the grounds for religious conversion in both Christianity and Judaism. He suggests that mission was not inherent to either early Judaism or Christianity, and was only sporadically practiced in antiquity by these religions. Clear, accessible, and displaying considerable scholarship, this book will provide an important challenge and a stimulus to both theologians and historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198263876
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,020,385
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile:
1660L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
1The Significance of Proselytizing1
2The Diffusion of Cults and Philosophies in the Pagan Roman Empire20
3Judaism before 100 CE: Attitudes to Gentile Paganism38
4Judaism before 100 CE: Proselytes and Proselytizing60
5Mission in the Early Church91
6Judaism in the Talmudic Period: Attitudes to Gentile Paganism109
7Judaism in the Talmudic Period: Proselytes and Proselytizing129
8The Consequences and Origins of Proselytizing154
Bibliography175
Index189

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