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Elisheva Carlebach

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300084108

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300084108.001.0001

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The Professions of Conversion

The Professions of Conversion

(p.124) Chapter 6 The Professions of Conversion
Divided Souls

Elisheva Carlebach

Yale University Press

This chapter is concerned with the professions that the converts had before and after conversion. It starts with a discussion on the converts' professions before they were converted, which was mostly as second-rank religious functionaries. It then looks at the economic opportunities involved after the Jews were converted, such as the success they experienced after being integrated into Christianity. The next section shows that there are some converts who ended up as professors and even beggars, despite holding prominent patrons before their conversion.

Keywords:   professions, conversion, religious functionaries, economic opportunities, professors, beggars, Jews, Christianity

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