Judaism and the Gentiles : Jewish patterns of universalism (to 135 CE)

Terence L Donaldson
Baylor University Press

This major study convincingly shows that second-temple Jewish tradition comprised a variety of views about the religious status and possibilities of Gentiles, that there was notable Gentile interest in Jewish religion, that many Jews welcomed this interest, and that a hope for an eschatological conversion of Gentiles was entertained widely. 

The itemized analysis of literary and inscriptional texts will enable students and scholars to verify matters for themselves; and the careful conclusions are cogent and balanced. It is a noteworthy contribution, important for all serious students of ancient Judaism and early Christianity.