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Actually, its also a religous practice. According to Genesis:
"And God said to Abraham, "As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring, both he who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money, shall surely be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant." (Genesis 17:9-14)
Of course, its just another thing that gets ignored by those that follow the NT.
My son was adopted by Conservative Jewish parents..strange thing is..At 17 I perked at the chart and it said do not circumcise..Little clue for miss nosey here.
40 plus years later when first talking to my daughter in law to be and trying to figure out if her finance was my son.(she found me through a post on a website thrum afriend I had not seen in 2 years..anyway one of the questions I asked was if he was Jewish. I had put together that the circumcision was done obviously in a religious setting..
They had lied to me ..the lawyer etc on most things..told me he went to anew York..he lived here in So Fl..Made me use a fake name to go in the hospital..
very secret..thankfully I remembered it when I filled out the state form by which we confirmed that he was my son..AsYou can imagine. Lots of drama.
So obviously as far back as the sixties they did some circumcisions at birth..
Can you imagine the shock but obedience of all those men in Abraham's camp..
And didn't the brothers of Dinah trick the men of a tribe one of whom had sex with her . Was she in love w him..I forget. But anyway then they killed them..
So many rich stories in the Old Testament..and interesting the way they lived.
SO anyway my son is Jewish.
DID YOUsee that Historyvl channel series on the Bible. It was good but they skipped some stories like Joseph.but had a lot about Abraham....I warched the first 3 so far.
Looks like the series is still on On Demand fir anyone interested