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work to Bamberger’s, but it contains material not found elsewhere
and is especially good at describing the legal and social questions
involved in conversion. It is a very valuable book.
J.
S im ch a C o h e n ’s
Intermarriage and Conversion: A Halakhic Solution
(Hoboken, N.J.: Ktav, 1987). The author, who is an Orthodox
rabbi, discusses, among other issues, how the conversion to Ju­
daism o f the children o f Jewish fathers and non-Jewish women
when the children are minors can help solve the conversion prob­
lem.
D .M . D u n l o p ’s
The History o f theJewish Khazars
(Princeton, N.J.: Prince­
ton University Press, 1954). This scholarly book is about a Turkic
people who lived in South-Central Russia and converted to Juda­
ism in the middle o f the eighth century.
D a v id M a x E i c h h o r n ’s
edited book
Conversion to Judaism: A History
and Analysis
(New York: Ktav, 1965) is less scholarly than those
above but very useful as an overview, especially of the history of
conversion. Most of the essays are quite well done by such authors
as Bernard Bamberger, David Eichhorn, A.N. Franzblau, Albert
Goldstein, Sidney Hoenig, David Seligson, Abraham Shusterman,
and Samuel Teitelbaum. There is a particularly interesting selec­
tion of comments by converts. This is a valuable introduction to
the field and is considered a path-breaking work.
The
Encyclopaedia Judaica's
article on “Proselytes,” vol. 13, 1182-1193
(Jerusalem: Keter, 1972) is very scholarly and mostly historical.
It is not meant for beginners, but is valuable for its concise account
o f texts related to conversion. For a more readable encyclopedic
introduction to the subject, see “Conversion to Judaism” in
The
Encyclopedia o f Judaism
edited by Geoffrey Wigoder (New York:
Macmillan, 1989), which is a marvel of clarity on almost all the
subjects it treats.
L a w r e n c e J . E p s t e in ’s
The Theory and Practice of Welcoming Converts
toJudaism: Jewish Universalism
(Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press,
1992) is my own attempt to provide a religious and historical jus­
tification for welcoming converts.
A l b e r t
I.
G o r d o n ’s
The Nature o f Conversion: A Study o f Forty-Five Men
and Women Who Changed Their Religion
(Boston: Beacon Press,
1967) is an early study of people who converted to Judaism. It
is now mostly interesting for its historical value.
E u g e n e K a e l l i s ’s
Toward a Jewish America,
edited by Rhoda Kaellis
(Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1987). Kaellis argues that
Americans need Judaism and that Jews should seek the mass con­
version of gentiles to Judaism.
S c o t M c K n i g h t ’s
A Light Among the Gentiles: Jewish Missionary Activity
in the Second Temple Period
(Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1991). This