In Gemara Gittin 57b we find a story about Nebuzardan "taking revenge" for the murder of Zechariah Hanavi.

To make a long story short, after he literally slaughters thousands of Jewish men, women and children, he runs away and converts to Judaism.

My question is who and why would anyone convert such a man to Judaism?

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    Perhaps the beis din that converted him didn't know who he was or maybe they were aware of the teshuva he had done
    – ezra
    Feb 23, 2020 at 7:03
  • "A Divine Voice emerged and said: Rabbi Ḥanina ben Teradyon and the executioner are destined for the life of the World-to-Come. [Upon hearing this], Rabbi [Yehuda HaNasi] wept and said: There is [one who] acquires his [share in the] World [-to-Come] in one moment, [such as the executioner], and there is [one who] acquires his [share in the] World [-to-Come only] after many years of toil, [such as Rabbi Ḥanina ben Teradyon]" (Avodah Zarah 18a).
    – Tamir Evan
    May 16, 2021 at 14:47

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Even if someone has a bad past, the Torah almost always allowed the, to convert. (Unless you”re an amelakei). Anyways, this just comes to show Hashem’s infinite kindness and pity for sincere teshuvah

  • Can you prove your assertion that an Amaleki cannot convert? A strong counterpoint can be made from the fact that the (great-)grandchildren of Haman converted!
    – fartgeek
    Aug 24, 2023 at 2:06

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