According to Mishneh Torah, Kings and Wars chapter 10 paragraph 9:

A non-Jew who busied himself with Torah is liable with his life112 From Heaven, because others will see him perform Mitzvohs and being engaged in Torah and will be deceived. They will think him a practicing Jew and err after him.. He must involve himself in their Seven Commandments only.

It is clear that a non-Jew must only be involved with the Seven Noahide Laws.

What if this non-Jew is seeking conversion but has reasons holding them back from starting the process and knows that many mitzvah are only for the Children of Israel, wishes to study Torah (Chumash with commentary) because of their love for it and the love of HaShem's Wisdom knowing that it was divinely revealed at Har Sinai. Is this person subject to any sort of punishment? If so, what are they?

  • Doesn't the rest of the paragraph already answer your question ?
    – user18041
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 2:46
  • @Lucian No I am focused on knowing if this also applies to a potential convert, if sincere intentions are valid or not and if there are punishments to studying Torah, and the answer/clarification to the third question
    – Majobri
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 2:57
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    These are excellent questions, @Majobri, and they show your mind and spirit are on the right track. If you address these questions to a rabbi, you will not only get better answers than we can give you here, you will also be taking the first step in your conversion process if that's what you decide to do. Commented May 25, 2020 at 4:07
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    Does this answer your question? Non-Jews learning or being taught Torah Commented May 25, 2020 at 4:10
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    This is two completely separate questions. I'm going to edit one out so that potential answerers can focus on the other. Please feel free to ask, in a separate question post, the question that I'm editing out of this one. You can see it at judaism.stackexchange.com/posts/114404/revisions
    – msh210
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 6:31


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