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Marked in Your Flesh: Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America

Leonard B. Glick

Abstract

This book traces the history of male infant circumcision from its origins in ancient Judea, through centuries of Christian condemnation and Jewish defense, to its current role in American culture and medical practice. Genesis 17 is the biblical text where infant circumcision was mandated by Judean priests in the 6th century BCE; they characterized it as confirming a covenant, but the deeper meaning of the practice was male supremacy and dominance. Early Christians vehemently rejected circumcision, while Jews defended it with equal vigor in the Talmud and other rabbinic texts. The circumcision ... More

Keywords: circumcision, American medical history, Jewish-Christian relations, Judaism, Jewish ritual circumcision, German-Jewish physicians, Jewish-American physicians, children’s rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195176742
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/019517674X.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leonard B. Glick, author
Hampshire College