Introduction; Part I: The Proselyte's Motivation as a factor in Giyyur; Part II: The Giyyur Ritual; Introduction; Part III: The Polyphonic Meaning of Acceptance of the Commandments in Halakhic Literature; Part IV: The Meaning of Giyyur; Bibliography.
Prof. Avi Sagi is a member of Bar-Ilan University's Department of Philosophy and is founder and director of that university's Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies.
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