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The only "obvious" convert mentioned in the Bible that I can think of is Ruth. I am looking for a list of converts mentioned in the Bible as well as those named in the Mishna and Gemarrah. Is there such a consolidated list?

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  • In tanach: he.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – Yoni May 28 '14 at 15:49
  • Thanks @Yoni. My Hebrew is decent but up to a point. Any idea if there is an English equivalent of this site. If not, I may be able to run the translator on it, though, as you may know, it's not too accurate. Hmmm ... someoen will have to invent a "Yeshivish" translation. – DanF May 28 '14 at 18:51
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    It just says "Category: Gerim (converts) in the Tanach: Mother of Sisera (the general killed by Yael after he lost to Devorah), Yisro, Eirev Rav (mixed multitude that left Egypt with the Israelites), Orpah (sister-in-law of Ruth who went back), Tziporah (wife of Moshe), Ruth, Rachav (innkeeper who hid Yehoshua's spies in Yericho and married Yehoshua after the conquest). – sabbahillel Oct 1 '14 at 1:21
  • @DanF Most of the articles that are included in that category have English versions. If you click through to the individual articles, the link to the English version is on the right side of the page. – Daniel Feb 1 '16 at 19:38
  • Yael was a ger toshav (giyores tosheves?) according to the yalkut shimoni. – user6591 Feb 1 '16 at 20:14
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Wikipedia, as mentioned in the comments, brings a partial list of Tanach figures:

  • Bnei Avdei Shlomo

  • The Givonim

  • Yitro

  • Ovadiah the prophet

  • Erev Rav

  • Orpah1

  • Tzipporah

  • Ruth

  • Rachav (likely her family as well)

  • Shimrit the Moabite

To these I'll add:

  • Bityah, daughter of Pharaoh

  • Yitra Hayishmaeli/Hayisraeli

  • Shim'at the Amonite

  • The Amalekite ger

  • Yarcha the Egyptian ex-slave

  • The foreign wives of King Shlomo

  • Izevel (most likely2)

  • Bnei Rechav (according to some views)

  • Nevuzardan

  • Do'eg the Edomite (according to some views)

  • Uriah the Chitite (according to some views)

  • Ma'acha, daughter of Talmai king of Geshur, wife of David and mother of Avshalom and Tamar

  • Shimshon's wives

  • Na'aman (according to some views)

I think that's it.

Wikipedia also brings a list of Mishnah/Gemara gers:

  • Avtalyon

  • Onkelos

  • Queen Heleni

  • Munbaz II

  • Minyamin

  • Aqilas the ger

  • K'ti'ah bar Shalum

  • Shma'ayah

To these I'll add:

  • Descendants of Haman

  • Descendants of Sisra

  • Descendants of Sancheriv3

  • The Roman general Neron Caesar

  • The parents or ancestors of Rabbi Akiva

  • The three converts who came to Hillel

  • The wife of Turnus Rufus4

  • Baitos, brother of Munbaz, son of Talmai

  • Yehudah the Amonite ger (Yadaim 4:4)

There may be more, though.


1 I assume this is based on the opinion that the Alshech on Ruth brings, that Machlon and Chelyon not only held that Moabite women could be converted, but a beit din of two was enough (after Elimelech died, they were only two Jewish men in S'deh Moav) and proceeded to convert both Ruth and Orpah, and what happened subsequently in Beit Lechem was a need to re-convert Ruth because the halacha hadn't been agreed upon yet.

2 Recently I saw somewhere (don't remember where, unfortunately), that though it doesn't ever say explicitly that she was the mother of Achav's children, she is the most likely candidate for a number of reasons, the main one being that no other wives of Achav are mentioned. For more info, see here and here.

3 Though these might only include Shma'ayah and Avtalyon.

4 Likely Claudia Rufina, though in the conversion story she isn't mentioned by name. Claudia Rufina is mentioned as "Rufina" in Tanchuma Trumah 3).

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  • @DoubleAA Thanks! – Harel13 Dec 6 '20 at 14:49
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    Don't forget Shimshon's wives. And Izevel is called a convert by the Rambam (somewhere in Mishna Torah). – Mordechai Dec 15 '20 at 12:50
  • @Mordechai Thank you, I added in the wives of Shimshon. – Harel13 Dec 15 '20 at 12:59

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