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Marked in Your FleshCircumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America$
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Leonard B. Glick

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176742

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019517674X.001.0001

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Prologue

Prologue

Questioning Circumcision

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Marked in Your Flesh
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Leonard B. Glick

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019517674X.003.0001

Male infant circumcision, a frequent American medical practice and surgically identical in result to Jewish ritual circumcision, is rare or uncommon in the rest of the world. Most Americans, Gentile and Jewish, have little understanding of what happens in a circumcision or why it is performed. This book explains how and why circumcision emerged as a popular custom in the United States after nearly two millennia of exclusively Jewish circumcision countered by vigorous Christian rejection.

Keywords:   circumcision, ritual circumcision, Judaism, American medical practice, American hospitals

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