<<converts to Judaism>>

Very early in Israelite history there were those of other nationalities who choose to associate with and be counted as Jews (Ex 12:48, 20:10; Neh 10:28; Est 8:17). In the NT there is further mention of those from other races converting to Judaism, before the gospel was widely spread. The ‘good news’ was that Gentiles (non-Jews) could approach God directly, with the understanding that although salvation came via the Jews it was not exclusive to that race nor did Gentiles have to embrace the Jewish customs, as it was freely available to all (Mt 23:15; Jn 4:22; Act 2:11, 6:5, 13:43, 17:4).