Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Conversion: An element of ethno-religious nation building in early Judaism
by Truesdell, Stefany D., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 160; 1523161
Abstract (Summary)

Using theories of nationalism from Anthony D. Smith, Benedict Anderson, and Barry Shenker, alterity as discussed by Kim Knott and Jonathan Z. Smith, and conversion theories from Joseph Rosenbloom, Lewis Rambo, and Andrew Buckser, this thesis examines four "snapshots" of Israelite/Jewish history for evidence of the use of conversion as a necessary component of "nation building." Periods analyzed include the Israelite Period, Post-Exilic Ezra and Nehemiah, Second Temple Hasmonean Kingdom, and the Late Antique Mishnaic Period. By analyzing primary sources and related scholarship, this thesis seeks to show that conversion is not only a necessary component of building an intentional community, but also that the early Jewish community leaders employed conversion as a means to ensure the continuity of their people and history.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stewart, David Tabb
Commitee: Blutinger, Jeffrey, Rousso-Schindler, Steven, Stone, Jon R.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Religious Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religious history, Near Eastern Studies, Judaic studies
Keywords: Babylonian Exile, Conversion, Matrilineal principle, Mishnaic, Second Temple
Publication Number: 1523161
ISBN: 9781303203497
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