Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Review of Lavee, The Rabbinic Conversion of Judaism

ANCIENT JEW REVIEW: Book Note | The Rabbinic Conversion of Judaism (Yoni Nadiv).
Moshe Lavee. The Rabbinic Conversion of Judaism: The Unique Perspective of the Bavli on Conversion and the Construction of Jewish Identity. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2018.
Lavee’s clarity of writing, especially his explicit explanation of methods and readings of texts, make this an accessible work. His interpretation of the development of conversion practices, the construction of rabbinic authority, the determination of Jewish identity, and influences from Greco-Roman and Persian cultures are valuable contributions to the field and of interest to a wide array of scholars both within and outside the field of rabbinic literature.
Early this year I noted the publication of this book here.

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