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Circumcision and Jewish identity: case studies on ancient texts and their reception
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (Religionsvetenskap och teologi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3736-054x
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.

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Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2023. , p. 284
Series
Judaism in Context, ISSN 1935-6978 ; 33
Keywords [en]
Circumcision, Judaism, Christianity, Gender
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History of Religions
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History Of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-220290DOI: 10.31826/9781463245801ISBN: 9781463245795 (print)ISBN: 9781463245801 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-220290DiVA, id: diva2:1833312
Available from: 2024-01-31 Created: 2024-01-31 Last updated: 2024-02-23Bibliographically approved

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