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John Hyrcanus of the Hasmonean Dynasty of Jewish leaders (that's Maccabees) forced the Idumeans (that's Edom) to convert when he took over their land. John Hycarnus was the third son of Simon, and reigned Judea as Ethnarch and High Priest from 135 to 104 BCE. The forced conversions under John Hyrcanus gave us Herod the great, the one who beautified and ...


Abraham and Sarah were converting people to ethical monotheism, not Judaism. So the answer is "Jewish religious leadership has never advocated knocking on doors to convert people to Judaism." As Aaron discussed, the Hasmonean kings tried pushing conversion, but that was a political move that the rabbis denounced.

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