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Published: 29 September 2011

256 Pages


ISBN: 9780199793563

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Contesting Conversion

Genealogy, Circumcision, and Identity in Ancient Judaism and Christianity

Matthew Thiessen

  • Posits the controversial thesis that ancient Jews, unlike most modern religions, did not believe it possible for outsiders to convert to 'Judaism'
  • Argues that some Jews in the late Second Temple period continued to define Jewishness in strictly genealogical terms