Joodse religieuse uitbreiding in die Nuwe-Testamentiese tydvak: Was die Juda sme n mission re godsdiens? (Deel II)

Jewish religious expansion in the New Testament era: Was Judaism a missionary religion? (Part II) In the first part of this article five factors were identified which would have contributed to the significant numerical increase of Jews towards the end of the Second Temple period. Here six others are...

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Published in: Verbum et ecclesia Vol. 18; no. 1; pp. 52 - 66
Main Author: A. B. du Toit
Format: Journal Article
Language: Afrikaans
Published: AOSIS 08-01-1997
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Summary: Jewish religious expansion in the New Testament era: Was Judaism a missionary religion? (Part II) In the first part of this article five factors were identified which would have contributed to the significant numerical increase of Jews towards the end of the Second Temple period. Here six others are discussed: Jewish slaves in non-Jewish households, adoption of children, the universalistic tendency in certain circles, the role of the synagogue, the attractiveness of Judaism in spite of a negative cross-current and the influence of apologetic-propagandistic literature. In weighing the evidence for a full-scale centrifugal missionary movement a mostly negative conclusion is reached. In this sense first century Judaism cannot be described as a missionary religion. We could, however, speak of an indirect mission in the sense that non-Jews were attracted to Judaism mainly through the quality of Jewish belief and life-style and that they were encouraged to do so.
ISSN: 1609-9982
2074-7705
DOI: 10.4102/ve.v18i1.1124