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The Theory and Practice of Welcoming Converts to Judaism

Jewish Universalism. Jewish Studies No. 13

By (author) Lawrence Epstein
Genres: Judaism, Theology
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Jun 1992
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773494936
ISBN-13: 9780773494930
Barcode No: 9780773494930
This is a theological interpretation of Judaism focusing on the Jewish covenantal obligation to offer Judaism and welcome converts. The term "Jewish universalism" is applied to the theory because the central idea of the interpretation is that Judaism is a universal religion. This is supported by an analysis of the basic theological concepts of Judaism (God, the natural world, humanity, chosenness, revelation, covenant, mission, the nation of Israel, and redemption). These concepts are understood to emphasize the Jewish mandate to offer Judaism without requiring it. It includes other arguments for welcoming converts besides Jewish universalism and how these arguments are related. This book is an original synthesis of current scholarship, and provides a detailed, systematic theological interpretation of covenantal obligation.

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