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Teugels, L. & Neutel, K. (Eds.). (2023). Circumcision and Jewish identity: case studies on ancient texts and their reception. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Circumcision and Jewish identity: case studies on ancient texts and their reception
2023 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Male circumcision is one of the oldest and most widespread rituals, it has been practiced for millennia across many parts of the world. Yet this prevalence and long history do not make circumcision self-evident: it has also long been a topic of reflection, discussion, and controversy and continues to be so today. As the cases in this volume show, already in Antiquity, Greeks, Romans, Jews and Christians clashed over male circumcision. Then as now, concerns about identity, ritual, health, masculinity, and sexuality were a factor in these disputes. Very little is known about actual circumcision practices in the ancient world. Apart from depictions in art, the relation of which to daily practice is difficult to ascertain, we have historical access mainly through texts that reveal how the practice was discursively constructed, and that relate circumcision to wider cultural practices and ideas. This book therefore mainly discusses references to circumcision in literary sources, and the way these relate to other known cultural practices and ideas. These sources date from biblical times and Antiquity and their interpretations in medieval Jewish texts and recent scholarship.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2023. p. 284
Series
Judaism in Context, ISSN 1935-6978 ; 33
Keywords
Circumcision, Judaism, Christianity, Gender
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
History Of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-220290 (URN)10.31826/9781463245801 (DOI)9781463245795 (ISBN)9781463245801 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-01-31 Created: 2024-01-31 Last updated: 2024-02-23Bibliographically approved
Kartzow, M. B. & Neutel, K. (2023). "God speaks our language": recent Scandinavian Bible translations and the heritagization of Christianity. In: Marianne Bjelland Kartzow; Kasper Bro Larsen; Outi Lehtipuu (Ed.), The nordic Bible: bible reception in contemporary nordic societies (pp. 163-178). Walter de Gruyter
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"God speaks our language": recent Scandinavian Bible translations and the heritagization of Christianity
2023 (English)In: The nordic Bible: bible reception in contemporary nordic societies / [ed] Marianne Bjelland Kartzow; Kasper Bro Larsen; Outi Lehtipuu, Walter de Gruyter, 2023, p. 163-178Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Walter de Gruyter, 2023
Series
Studies of the Bible and Its Reception (SBR), ISSN 2195-450X, E-ISSN 2195-4518 ; 24
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-214206 (URN)10.1515/9783110686005-011 (DOI)2-s2.0-85169228606 (Scopus ID)9783110686005 (ISBN)9783110685947 (ISBN)978-3-11-068604-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-09-11 Created: 2023-09-11 Last updated: 2023-09-11Bibliographically approved
Teugels, L. & Neutel, K. (2023). Introduction. In: Lieve Teugels; Karin Neutel (Ed.), Circumcision and Jewish identity: case studies on ancient texts and their reception (pp. 1-5). Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction
2023 (English)In: Circumcision and Jewish identity: case studies on ancient texts and their reception / [ed] Lieve Teugels; Karin Neutel, Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2023, p. 1-5Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2023
Series
Judaism in Context, ISSN 1935-6978 ; 33
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
History Of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-221459 (URN)10.31826/9781463245801-001 (DOI)9781463245795 (ISBN)9781463245801 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-02-23 Created: 2024-02-23 Last updated: 2024-02-23Bibliographically approved
Neutel, K. (2023). Missing foreskin in the Septuagint: circumcision related metaphors lost in translation. In: Lieve Teugels; Karin Neutel (Ed.), Circumcision and Jewish identity: case studies on ancient texts and their reception (pp. 63-92). Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Missing foreskin in the Septuagint: circumcision related metaphors lost in translation
2023 (English)In: Circumcision and Jewish identity: case studies on ancient texts and their reception / [ed] Lieve Teugels; Karin Neutel, Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2023, p. 63-92Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article analyses circumcision language in the Septuagint and identifies a clear pattern in the Greek translation of the Hebrew term 'foreskin'. References to 'foreskin' in the Hebrew text are only translated with the Greek term for 'foreskin', ἀκροβυστία, in passages that deal with physical anatomy. In all other contexts, including metaphorical ones, the Greek term ‘foreskin’, tends to be avoided and in several cases, all association with circumcision is lost in translation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2023
Series
Judaism in Context, ISSN 1935-6978 ; 33
Keywords
Circumcision, Septuagint, Translation, Greek, Hebrew, Early Judaism
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
History Of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-220414 (URN)10.31826/9781463245801-004 (DOI)9781463245795 (ISBN)9781463245801 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-02-02 Created: 2024-02-02 Last updated: 2024-02-23Bibliographically approved
Neutel, K. (2023). Requiring religious motivations: reflections on the Norwegian law on circumcision. In: Tarald Rasmussen; Vegard Ree Ytterbøe (Ed.), Protestantism and protestantization: (pp. 51-66). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Requiring religious motivations: reflections on the Norwegian law on circumcision
2023 (English)In: Protestantism and protestantization / [ed] Tarald Rasmussen; Vegard Ree Ytterbøe, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2023, p. 51-66Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The new Norwegian law on the circumcision of boys, which came into effect in 2015, explicitly limits legitimate circumcision that is not medically indicated to instances where its motivation is religious. This formulation invites further reflection, given the problematic nature of ‘religion’ as a category in legal thought, as well as the underlying assumption that religious motivations are different from, and more legitimate than, other reasons for circumcision. This paper will explore some of the potential complications that arise from the Norwegian law, looking at the problems associated with defining ‘religion’ within law, especially in relation to male circumcision, and at the implications of two German court cases that show the influence of Protestant understandings of religion and circumcision. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2023
Series
Research in Contemporary Religion, ISSN 2198-7556, E-ISSN 2197-1145 ; 35
Keywords
Circumcision, Law, Protestantism, Christianity
National Category
History of Religions Religious Studies
Research subject
History Of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-205674 (URN)9783525568729 (ISBN)9783647568720 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-03-13 Created: 2023-03-13 Last updated: 2024-02-01Bibliographically approved
Neutel, K. (2022). Circumcision in early Christian sources: identifying difference after Paul. In: Karin Hedner Zetterholm; Anders Runesson; Cecilia Wassén; Magnus Zetterholm (Ed.), Negotiating identities: conflict, conversion, and consolidation in early Judaism and Christianity (200 BCE–600 CE) (pp. 197-216). Lanham: Lexington Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Circumcision in early Christian sources: identifying difference after Paul
2022 (English)In: Negotiating identities: conflict, conversion, and consolidation in early Judaism and Christianity (200 BCE–600 CE) / [ed] Karin Hedner Zetterholm; Anders Runesson; Cecilia Wassén; Magnus Zetterholm, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2022, p. 197-216Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Recent scholarship on Paul's attitude towards circumcision increasingly holds that Paul was only concerned with circumcision as undergone by gentiles, not with circumcision practiced by Jews. This article evaluates what changes in how we understand later references to circumcision in Early Christian sources, which are usually maped by scholars in relation to Paul's presumed position. It concludes that the change is less significant than might be expected, since from the very beginning, Paul’s words were believed to be constructive in expressing hostility toward Jewish circumcision by later authors.    

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lanham: Lexington Books, 2022
Series
Coniectanea Biblica
Keywords
Circumcision, Early Christianity, Early Judaism, Paul, New Testament
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
History Of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-205673 (URN)978-1-9787-1473-1 (ISBN)978-1-9787-1474-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-03-13 Created: 2023-03-13 Last updated: 2023-04-18Bibliographically approved
Neutel, K. (2022). The Bible in migration politics in northern Europe. Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, 87, 85-105
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Bible in migration politics in northern Europe
2022 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 87, p. 85-105Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses references to the Bible in recent migration politics in Northern European countries, to understand how and why the Bible is used in the context of political discussions about refugees, migration, and Islam. It examines a number of cases, particularly on the theme of neighbourly love, to see how biblical texts and themes are brought in to support political claims about Christian identity and values. This analysis shows that the Bible continues to matter in political discourse, both taken as an inspiration for personal faith and as a way to connect with the past and with Christian values, which does not require faith. In this way, the Bible appears to survive the numerical decline of Christianity by emerging as a text of national and cultural, in addition to, religious significance. The analysis further confirms that there is a lot to gain by using the Bible as a lens to look at the current transition of Christianity from religion to culture. The concepts that are central to this shift, of identity, belief, history, nationality, heritage, and culture, all occur explicitly and implicitly in the discourse surrounding the Bible.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Svenska exegetiska sällskapet, 2022
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
History Of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-205675 (URN)10.58546/se.v87i.11092 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-03-13 Created: 2023-03-13 Last updated: 2023-03-14Bibliographically approved
Neutel, K. (2021). Ottenheijm e.a. (red.) – Parabels [Review]. Schrift, 53(301)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ottenheijm e.a. (red.) – Parabels
2021 (Dutch; Flemish)In: Schrift, ISSN 0167-3114, Vol. 53, no 301Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [nl]

Van 2014 tot 2020 vond aan de Universiteit Utrecht en Tilburg University een onderzoeksproject plaats dat deze kwestie vanuit een originele invalshoek benaderde: door te kijken naar parabels in zowel de vroeg-christelijke als de vroeg-joodse traditie. Dit project, Parables and the Partings of the Ways, stond onder leiding van Eric Ottenheijm, judaïcus en bijbelwetenschapper aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Het recente boek ‘Parabels: Onderricht van Jezus en de Rabbijnen’ komt voort uit dit project en geeft een breed publiek toegang tot – een deel van – de resultaten.

National Category
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-220398 (URN)
Note

Eric Ottenheijm en Martijn Stoutjesdijk (red.). Parabels. Onderricht van Jezus en de Rabbijnen. Heeswijk-Dinther: Uitgeverij Abdij van Berne Heeswijk-Dinther, 2020. 255 pp. €24,50. ISBN 9789089723819.

Available from: 2024-02-02 Created: 2024-02-02 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Neutel, K. B. & Smit, P.-B. (2021). Paul, Imprisonment and Crisis: Crisis and its Negotiation as a Lens for Reading Philippians. Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 44(1), 31-55
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Paul, Imprisonment and Crisis: Crisis and its Negotiation as a Lens for Reading Philippians
2021 (English)In: Journal for the Study of the New Testament, ISSN 0142-064X, E-ISSN 1745-5294, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 31-55Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

COVID-19 has stimulated reflections on crisis as a catalyst for interpretation in both the present and the past. This article reads Philippians as embedded in different forms of crisis, most specifically the negotiation of Paul’s own context of crisis: his imprisonment. The bodily, social and spiritual dimensions of this liminal incarceration experience are here set out and the ways in which these influence the fulfilment of mission within the epistle are outlined.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2021
Keywords
body, COVID-19, crisis, imprisonment, Paul, Philippians
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-186710 (URN)10.1177/0142064X211027779 (DOI)000683948300001 ()2-s2.0-85112184791 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-08-31 Created: 2021-08-31 Last updated: 2021-08-31Bibliographically approved
Neutel, K. B. (2021). Restoring Abraham’s Foreskin: The Significance of ἀκροβυστία for Paul’s Argument about Circumcision in Romans 4:9-12. Journal of the Jesus Movement in Its Jewish Setting (8), 53-74
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Restoring Abraham’s Foreskin: The Significance of ἀκροβυστία for Paul’s Argument about Circumcision in Romans 4:9-12
2021 (English)In: Journal of the Jesus Movement in Its Jewish Setting, ISSN 2374-7862, E-ISSN 2374-7870, no 8, p. 53-74Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In his discussion of Abraham’s circumcision (Romans 4:9-12), Paul uses the term ἀκροβυστία, or ‘foreskin’, six times, as a key part of his argument. Unfortunately, this term is something of a scholarly blind spot and is often taken as referring only to the absence of circumcision, or to a time before circumcision. However, given Paul’s usage of this term, as well as the metaphor of foreskin in the Hebrew Bible, ἀκροβυστία should be understood as a negative physical presence which marks those who do not belong to God’s people. Paul’s argument that Abraham was justified while ἐν ἀκροβυστίᾳ therefore specifically concerns gentiles, and does not make a point about πίστις or justification before circumcision. Moreover, awareness of the physical referent of the term shows that Paul describes Abraham’s circumcision as a sign that marks the foreskin. A consistent focus on the significance of ἀκροβυστία therefore offers an important correction to the common understanding of this crucial passage. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hebrew University; University of Oslo; DePaul University, 2021
Keywords
Circumcision, Paul, New Testament, foreskin, gentiles, justification, Romans
National Category
History of Religions Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis; History Of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-182964 (URN)
Note

Special Issue on Circumcision

Available from: 2021-05-10 Created: 2021-05-10 Last updated: 2022-05-23Bibliographically approved
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