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I. Early Judaism

The Septuagint uses προσήλυτοι/prosḗlytoi, literally “those who have come over,” to translate Hebrew גֵּר/gēr (“resident alien” [Stranger: II] in the land of Israel, enjoying a special legal status). Toward the end of the second temple period, proselyte came to denote primarily a convert to Judaism (e.g. Jos. Apion. II 28), with almost the same rights in the Jewish community as someone born a Jew. In ea…

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Wandrey, Irina, Carlebach, Elisheva, Grundmann, Christoffer H. and Voss, Gerhard, “Proselytes/Proselytism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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