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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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 “Great Is Circumcision”

 “Great Is Circumcision”

Christian Condemnation, Jewish Veneration

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(p.35) 2 “Great Is 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.003.0003

The earliest converts to Christianity were expected to accept circumcision; but in his sharply worded letter to the Galatians, Paul disdained the practice as spiritually worthless. Justin Martyr and John Chrysostom extended the Christian critique, further laying the foundation for nearly two millennia of Christian rejection. Roman authorities legislated against circumcision of non-Jews, particularly slaves. In contrast, early rabbinic texts passionately defended the practice, arguing that it is a purifying experience pleasing to the Lord.

Keywords:   Paul, Justin Martyr, John Chrysostom, rabbis, circumcision

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