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Joodse religieuse uitbreiding in die Nuwe-Testamentiese tydvak: Was die Judaisme 'n missionêre godsdiens? (Deel 1)

A.B. du Toit
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 17, No 2 | a519 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v17i2.519 | © 1996 A.B. du Toit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 April 1996 | Published: 21 April 1996

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Abstract

Jewish  religious  expansion  in  the New  Testament era: Was  Judaism  a missionary religion?  (part I) The  dramatic  increase  in  the  Jewish  population  towards  the  end  of the Second  Temple period has prompted  the  theory  that Judaism  at that stage was  an  energetic missionary  religion.  But  this phenomenon  should  rather be ascribed to a  variety of  factors.  In  this first article five  of  these factors are  discussed:  the  Jewish  attitude  towards  procreation,  the  fact  of the Diaspora, forced proselytizing,  intermarriage and the  "conversion" of  non-Jewish slaves.

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