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God on Circumcision

Historical scholars have long known that crcumcision came not from God, but was an invention of priests....

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Circumcision
Untold Facts on America's Most Widely Performed-and Most Unneccessary - Surgery
Paul Fleiss, M.D. and Frederick M. Hodges, D.Phil
Warner books 2002

"Most people assume that circumcision has always been a part of Jewish Life. In Genesis 17, we read that the Lord appeared to Abraham when he was ninety-nine years old and made a covenant with him, agreeing that he would be the God of the Jews and the Jews would worship no other god but him. To seal the bargain, Jehovah is reported to have said to Abraham:

Biblical scholars, however, have known for a long time that this passage was never original to the Bible. It was added about 500 B.C., over 1,000 years after the time of Abraham. Scholars David Rosenberg and Harold Bloom have published a full translation of the original verse, which dates from about 950 B.C. Here, Chapter 17 is conspicuously absent. All we read is that:

As you can see, there is no mention of circumcision as a sign of this bargain. Along with biblical scholars, the only conclusion is that circumcision was never originally part of Judaism. Why, then, was circumcision incorporated into priestly Judaism?

Rabbi and Historian Lawrence A. Hoffman explains that by the late fifth century B.C., at the time of the return of the Jews from Babylonian captivity, the priesthood tried to confirm their status as the dominant political force among the Israelites. They did this by instituting a temple centered sacrificial cult into which newborn males were initiated by circumcision. They created the Abrahamic circumcision myth and inserted it into the most important part of Genesis, pretending that it had been there all along..."

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