The Consequences and Origins of Proselytizing
This chapter explores the possible origins of proselytizing. The suggestion that approval of universal proselytizing may have arisen among some rabbinic Jews in reaction to the use of the concept within the Church, raises the possibility that such mission may also have been found in other religions of late antiquity affected by Christianity. The investigation examines whether pagans or others proselytized under the influence of Christians and the consequences of the notion of proselytizing mission on religious behaviour in antiquity. Lastly, it investigates some possible explanations for the emergence of the idea of universal proselytizing in the history of the early church.
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