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Halakhah, and the Boundaries o f Modern Jewish Identity
Maryland: University Press of America, 1989). A provocative
view of conversion in Jewish religious thought can be found
in Yehezkel Kaufmann’s
The Religion of Israel: From Its Beginnings
to the Babylonian Exile,
trans. Moshe Greenberg (Chicago: Uni­
versity of Chicago Press, 1960).
In addition to book material, there are many important rab­
binic and doctoral theses on the subject of conversion. Among
the most useful of the theses are: Randall Chesnutt’s
inJoseph and Aseneth
(Duke University, 1986); Albert Micah Lew­
Conversion as a Process of Adult Socialization
(Hebrew Union
College, 1969); Marius Rasinsky’s
The Jewish Doctrine of Prose-
lytism and Propaganda
(Hebrew Union College, 1914); and Rob­
ert P. Vande Kappelle’s
Evidence of a Jewish Proselytizing Tendency
in the Old Greek (Septuagint) Version of the Book of Isaiah
Theological Seminary, 1977).
Many of these books and articles contain bibliographical ref­
erences for those who wish to do further reading. Cumulatively,
they provide an invaluable insight into the nature of religious
conversion to Judaism.