About This Text
Composed: Talmudic Israel/Babylon, c.100 BCE - c.900 CE
Tractate Gerim (“Converts”) is one of seven small tractates that addresses topics for which there is no specific tractate in the Jerusalem or Babylonian Talmuds. These tractates are written in the terse style of the Mishnah and are likely from the time period of the Mishnah or early Talmud, but their dating and places of composition are subject to debate. The first two chapters of Gerim discuss the process of conversion to Judaism, and the status of the convert. The third chapter addresses the treatment of a resident convert, a gentile who accepts some of Judaism’s tenets. The last chapter consists of praise for converts.