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|People were born into the chosen group though- one couldn't convert to being an Israelite.|
Originally Posted by merpk
Saw the conversion post before but was trying to stay out of the thread, but will comment quickly ... conversion to being an Israelite/Jew has *always* been available to anyone who was sincerely interested in conversion.
Birth was the determining factor in an Israelite's status ... meaning a Levite or a Kohen, perhaps, and which tribe they were from ... but conversion in happened throughout the ages.
Not in great numbers, though ... it wasn't so easy to convert in the first place, and then after the exile, when the millenias of anti-Jewish oppressions began, what sort of crazy person would want to?
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