Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Contesting ConversionGenealogy, Circumcision, and Identity in Ancient Judaism and Christianity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Matthew Thiessen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199793563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793563.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 16 October 2019

Eighth-Day Circumcision in Jubilees

Eighth-Day Circumcision in Jubilees

(p.67) 3 Eighth-Day Circumcision in Jubilees
Contesting Conversion

Matthew Thiessen

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Shaye Cohen’s argument that Jewishness, which up until the second century b.c.e. had been defined in terms of ethnic descent, came to be defined in a religious sense. The Hasmoneans helped redefine Jewishness in terms that permitted people who were not born Jews to convert to Judaism. This chapter argues that some Jews rejected this redefinition of Jewishness and reasserted a genealogical definition of Jewishness. The author of the book of Jubilees holds to a genealogical definition of Jewishness. Thus it is important to see how he treated the rite of circumcision. This chapter argues that for Jubilees, covenantal circumcision is eighth-day circumcision—a rite practiced only by Jews. Those who had a Gentile genealogy but underwent circumcision were therefore not becoming Jews, because they were not undergoing the rite at the proper time.

Keywords:   Jubilees, Jewishness, circumcision, conversion, genealogy

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .