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Index of Selected Topics

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This index presents a list of terms and concepts relevant to the examination of the Jewish documents for the evidence they provide for the understandings and attitudes which underlay Jewish approaches to gentiles and their conversion. There is, however, no evidence in any second temple text for a consciousness of mission to the gentiles or an obligation of Israel to seek gentile converts. Jewish thought of the second temple period, shaped by the Scriptures, and especially the Servant Songs of Isaiah, rather envisaged Israel as a light for the nations in the impending time of the God of Israel's eschatological reign.

Keywords: gentile; Israel; Jewish documents; Songs of Isaiah



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