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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pros·e·lyte /ˈprɑsəˌlaɪt/
 改信仰者,改依猶太教的人(vt.)使改宗教信仰,使變節

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pros·e·lyte n.  A new convert especially a convert to some religion or religious sect, or to some particular opinion, system, or party; thus, a Gentile converted to Judaism, or a pagan converted to Christianity, is a proselyte.
    Ye [Scribes and Pharisees] compass sea and land to make one proselyte.   --Matt. xxiii. 15.
 Fresh confidence the speculatist takes
 From every harebrained proselyte he makes.   --Cowper.
 Syn: -- See Convert.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pros·e·lyte, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Proselyted p. pr. & vb. n. Proselyting.] To convert to some religion, opinion, or system; to bring over.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 proselyte
      n : a new convert; especially a gentile converted to Judaism

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

 Proselyte
    is used in the LXX. for "stranger" (1 Chr. 22:2), i.e., a comer
    to Palestine; a sojourner in the land (Ex. 12:48; 20:10; 22:21),
    and in the New Testament for a convert to Judaism. There were
    such converts from early times (Isa. 56:3; Neh. 10:28; Esther
    8:17). The law of Moses made specific regulations regarding the
    admission into the Jewish church of such as were not born
    Israelites (Ex. 20:10; 23:12; 12:19, 48; Deut. 5:14; 16:11, 14,
    etc.). The Kenites, the Gibeonites, the Cherethites, and the
    Pelethites were thus admitted to the privileges of Israelites.
    Thus also we hear of individual proselytes who rose to positions
    of prominence in Israel, as of Doeg the Edomite, Uriah the
    Hittite, Araunah the Jebusite, Zelek the Ammonite, Ithmah and
    Ebedmelech the Ethiopians.
      In the time of Solomon there were one hundred and fifty-three
    thousand six hundred strangers in the land of Israel (1 Chr.
    22:2; 2 Chr. 2:17, 18). And the prophets speak of the time as
    coming when the strangers shall share in all the privileges of
    Israel (Ezek. 47:22; Isa. 2:2; 11:10; 56:3-6; Micah 4:1).
    Accordingly, in New Testament times, we read of proselytes in
    the synagogues, (Acts 10:2, 7; 13:42, 43, 50; 17:4; 18:7; Luke
    7:5). The "religious proselytes" here spoken of were proselytes
    of righteousness, as distinguished from proselytes of the gate.
      The distinction between "proselytes of the gate" (Ex. 20:10)
    and "proselytes of righteousness" originated only with the
    rabbis. According to them, the "proselytes of the gate" (half
    proselytes) were not required to be circumcised nor to comply
    with the Mosaic ceremonial law. They were bound only to conform
    to the so-called seven precepts of Noah, viz., to abstain from
    idolatry, blasphemy, bloodshed, uncleaness, the eating of blood,
    theft, and to yield obedience to the authorities. Besides these
    laws, however, they were required to abstain from work on the
    Sabbath, and to refrain from the use of leavened bread during
    the time of the Passover.
      The "proselytes of righteousness", religious or devout
    proselytes (Acts 13:43), were bound to all the doctrines and
    precepts of the Jewish economy, and were members of the
    synagogue in full communion.
      The name "proselyte" occurs in the New Testament only in Matt.
    23:15; Acts 2:10; 6:5; 13:43. The name by which they are
    commonly designated is that of "devout men," or men "fearing
    God" or "worshipping God."