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Conversion
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
In Judaism, refers to initiation into adherence to the Torah, especially by circumcision. In Christianity, refers to initiation into the Church of Christ, especially by baptism. In both, conversion refers to a turning from old ways to the practices of a new faith.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Conversion
Conversion (ἐπιστρέφω, epistrephō, “change of mind”). In Judaism, refers to initiation into adherence to the Torah, especially by circumcision. In Christianity, refers to initiation into the Church of Christ, especially by baptism. In both, conversion refers to a turning from old ways to the practices
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Conversion
CONVERSION. The word “conversion” and the related noun “convert” and verb “to convert” appear infrequently in English translations of the Bible. When they do, they translate the Heb word šûb (“to turn”) and the Gk epistrephein. However, understandings of what conversion involves and what it means are
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Conversion
Conversion. Total change in one’s direction in life or moral orientation. For Christians this means a change from an orientation that does not take God into account to one in which the person is submitted to Christ. Conversion is the process of which repentance is the entrance and faith the new direction;
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Conversion
Conversion [Gk. epistrophḗ] (Acts 15:3); CONVERT (noun) [Gk. aparchḗ] (“first convert[s]” Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:15); AV FIRSTFRUITS; [prosḗlytos] (Acts 13:43); AV PROSELYTE; NEB “gentile worshipper”; [neóphytos] (1 Tim. 3:6, “recent convert”); AV NOVICE. The verb “convert” occurs several times
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Conversion
CONVERSION Total change in one’s direction in life or moral orientation. For Christians this means a change from an orientation that does not take God into account to one in which the person is submitted to Christ. Conversion is the result of repentance.In the OT conversion is basically a turning or
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Conversion
conversion. In the nrsv, the Greek term prosēlytos (“convert”) first occurs in Acts 13:43, which refers to “Jews and devout converts to Judaism” in a synagogue in Antioch of Pisidia. These “converts” are apparently Gentiles who have become Jews. The word is not used elsewhere in the nt, though it does
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Conversion
CONVERSION. This means literally to turn, and is used to translate the Heb. word shûb, and the Gr. word strephō and its derivatives, especially epistrephō. The words are sometimes used in the Bible in a literal sense of turning physically to or from something (cf. Mt 9:22; Acts 9:40). The meaning
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Conversion
ConversionThe notion of conversion as Israel’s “repentance” from a failure to obey divine commands arose in the preaching of the 8th-century prophets. In Amos, who spoke against specific sins, and Hosea, who spoke of Israel’s stubbornness and “harlotry,” Heb. šûḇ was used with the sense of “returning” (to
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Conversion
Conversion (Heb. šûḇ; Gk. epistrophḗ).* A “turning” or “returning” of God to (Num. 25:4; Josh. 7:26) or from mankind (Josh. 24:20), or of mankind to (Deut. 4:30) or from God (1 Sam. 15:11). See also Regeneration; Repentance.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Conversion
CONVERSION (Gk. epistrophē, Acts 15:3, rendered “conversion,” lit., “turning toward”). A term denoting, in its theological use, the “turning” of a soul from sin to God. The verb (epistrephō) is sometimes rendered in the NT “to convert,” sometimes simply “to turn.” In its active sense it represents
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
Conversion
ConversionThe experience of God’s forgiveness and love and the reorientation of an individual’s life away from sin to grace and faith. Though the Hebrew and Greek Scripture texts rarely use the word for “conversion,” the Bible is filled with references embodying the root meaning—to turn or to turn around.
Key passages
Eze 36:26–27

And I will give a new heart to you, and a new spirit I will give into your inner parts, and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh, and I will give to you a heart of flesh. And I will give my spirit into your inner parts, and I will make it so that you will go in my rules, …

Jn 3:3–6

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless someone is born from above, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is an old man? He is not able to enter into his mother’s womb for the second time and be born, can he?” …

2 Co 5:17

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.

Eph 4:22–24

that you take off, according to your former way of life, the old man, who is being destroyed according to deceitful desires, be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man (in accordance with God), who is created in righteousness and holiness from the truth.

1 Pe 1:22–23

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for sincere brotherly love, love one another fervently from the heart, because you have been born again, not from perishable seed but imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

See also
Le 26:14–46; Dt 4:15–40; Dt 30:1–10; 1 Sa 7:2–17; 1 Ki 8:22–53; 1 Ki 18:20–40; 2 Ki 5:1–19; 2 Ki 23:1–25; 2 Ch 6:12–42; 2 Ch 7:12–22; 2 Ch 15:1–19; 2 Ch 19:4–11; 2 Ch 29:3–19; 2 Ch 30:1–27; 2 Ch 33:10–17; 2 Ch 34:29–33; Ne 1:1–11; Job 36:1–23; Ps 22:1–31; Is 2:1–4; Is 19:18–25; Is 31:4–9; Is 45:14–25; Is 55:1–13; Is 66:5–13; Je 3:6–4:4; Je 7:1–27; Je 16:14–21; Je 24:1–10; Je 31:15–22; Je 32:26–44; Je 35:1–19; Je 44:1–30; La 3:22–42; La 5:1–22; Eze 3:16–27; Eze 11:14–25; Eze 18:19–32; Eze 33:1–11; Eze 36:16–37:14; Da 4:34–37; Da 12:1–13; Ho 3:1–5; Ho 6:1–3; Ho 11:1–12:14; Am 4:6–13; Jon 1:10–16; Jon 3:5–10; Mic 4:1–5; Zec 1:1–6; Zec 14:16–21; Mal 3:1–7; Mt 18:1–5; Lk 1:11–17; Lk 5:27–28; Lk 8:26–40; Lk 15:11–32; Lk 19:1–10; Lk 23:26–49; Jn 3:1–21; Jn 4:39–42; Jn 6:41–66; Jn 10:1–21; Ac 2:40–47; Ac 3:11–4:4; Ac 5:12–16; Ac 6:1–7; Ac 8:9–13; Ac 8:26–9:19; Ac 9:32–35; Ac 10:44–48; Ac 11:19–26; Ac 13:4–12; Ac 13:42–52; Ac 14:8–18; Ac 15:1–21; Ac 16:11–15; Ac 16:25–34; Ac 17:1–4; Ac 17:10–15; Ac 17:22–34; Ac 21:37–22:21; Ac 26:12–23; Ro 6:1–7:6; Ro 11:11–36; 1 Co 4:14–21; 1 Co 14:20–25; 1 Co 15:29–34; 1 Co 16:13–18; 2 Co 3:7–18; 2 Co 5:12–21; Ga 1:18–24; Ga 2:11–21; Ga 6:11–15; Eph 2:1–10; Eph 4:17–24; Eph 5:8–14; Col 2:11–3:11; 1 Th 1:2–10; 1 Ti 3:1–7; Tt 3:1–8; Jas 1:12–18; Jas 5:19–20; 1 Pe 1:3–12; 1 Pe 1:22–2:10; 1 Jn 2:28–3:15; 1 Jn 4:7–11; 1 Jn 4:20–5:5; 1 Jn 5:18–21; Re 15:1–16:1;