The Covenant of Circumcision

The Covenant of Circumcision Author Elizabeth Wyner Mark
ISBN-10 1584653078
Year 2003
Pages 255
Language en
Publisher UPNE
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Scholars and rabbis examine the complicated history and contemporary challenges of the Jewish rite of circumcision.

Covenant of Blood

Covenant of Blood Author Lawrence A. Hoffman
ISBN-10 0226347834
Year 1996-01
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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Central to both biblical narrative and rabbinic commentary, circumcision has remained a defining rite of Jewish identity, a symbol so powerful that challenges to it have always been considered taboo. Lawrence Hoffman seeks to find out why circumcision holds such an important place in the Jewish psyche. He traces the symbolism of circumcision through Jewish history, examining its evolution as a symbol of the covenant in the post-exilic period of the Bible and its subsequent meaning in the formative era of Mishnah and Talmud. In the rabbinic system, Hoffman argues, circumcision was neither a birth ritual nor the beginning of the human life cycle, but a rite of covenantal initiation into a male "life line." Although the evolution of the rite was shaped by rabbinic debates with early Christianity, the Rabbis shared with the church a view of blood as providing salvation. Hoffman examines the particular significance of circumcision blood, which, in addition to its salvific role, contrasted with menstrual blood to symbolize the gender dichotomy within the rabbinic system. His analysis of the Rabbis' views of circumcision and menstrual blood sheds light on the marginalization of women in rabbinic law. Differentiating official mores about gender from actual practice, Hoffman surveys women's spirituality within rabbinic society and examines the roles mothers played in their sons' circumcisions until the medieval period, when they were finally excluded.

Why Aren t Jewish Women Circumcised

Why Aren   t Jewish Women Circumcised Author Shaye J. D. Cohen
ISBN-10 9780520212503
Year 2005-09-06
Pages 317
Language en
Publisher Univ of California Press
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"This book represents engaged scholarship at its very best. Cohen presents the vast range of texts at his command with brevity and wit. Elegantly written, this is a very stimulating book that is sure to provoke admiration, discussion, and controversy."—David Biale, author of Cultures of the Jews "A distinguished and wide-ranging work of scholarship. Cohen’s definitive discussion of the covenant of circumcision enhances our understanding of Jewish identity formation, women’s status in Judaism, Jewish-Christian polemic, and the impact of diverse cultural environments on the evolution of Jewish tradition."—Judith R. Baskin, author of Midrashic Women

Abraham

Abraham Author Terence E. Fretheim
ISBN-10 1570036942
Year 2007
Pages 262
Language en
Publisher Univ of South Carolina Press
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In an inviting style which showcases his literary discernment, theological sophistication and passion for the biblical text, Fretheim turns his attention to one of the most dramatic stories of the Old Testament - that of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Isaac and Ishmael.

Israel and the Covenants in New Testament Times

Israel and the Covenants in New Testament Times Author Peter Williams
ISBN-10
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Pages 351
Language en
Publisher Paragon Publishing
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A Bible student reference A New Testament prophecy of a falling away from truth into apostasy and lawlessness, in the final generation before Jesus Christ returns in glory, is being fulfilled now and is shortly to end. Yet Christianity has overwhelmingly moved so far from its first century roots that it could not even recognise this – or that Christ’s return is therefore now almost upon us! How and why this is the case is here explained thoroughly and logically with many examples directly from the word of God. In God’s saving plan for the world, everyone must in time make a free will choice to become part of the ‘Israel of God’ in order to access eternal life in the kingdom of God. The route to take is the “strait and narrow” way (Mat 7:13-14) that very few have so far found, and it involves the biblical new and old covenants which both apply to this Israel. Embark on this voyage only if you are willing to: be challenged about some basic Christian preconceptions, be a serious open-minded Bible student, and trust what the Bible teaches - but remember that time is short. “What the Bible has taught me I see as both vital and urgent for our eternal salvation; yet I know of no church or individual theologian who teaches what this book deals with in any substantive way” “Be prepared for major challenges to your understanding just as God has challenged me.” “In the epistles, Paul refers to two Israels whom he calls Israel after the flesh (I Cor 10:18) and the Israel of God (Gal 6:16); I focus mainly on the latter (but I also explain an unexpected but critically important connection between them)” “Dependent on the teaching, nearly all Christian denominations either teach nothing at all on it or almost the opposite of what Scripture repeatedly showed me. Looking back, I find this absolutely staggering!” “Very few [Christians] understand that the new covenant also only applies to Israel (as I will clearly show).” “I no longer believe that the NT [New Testament] can be fully understood without this extra Israel dimension” “Had I felt I could deliver this in a more light-hearted way I would have done so, but its implications are too awesome and fundamental to our eternal life prospects for that”

Children and Childhood in American Religions

Children and Childhood in American Religions Author Don S. Browning
ISBN-10 0813546958
Year 2009-02-16
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Rutgers University Press
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Whether First Communion or bar mitzvah, religious traditions play a central role in the lives of many American children. In this collection of essays, leading scholars reveal for the first time how various religions interpret, reconstruct, and mediate their traditions to help guide children and their parents in navigating the opportunities and challenges of American life. The book examines ten religions, among other topics: How the Catholic Church confronts the tension between its teachings about children and actual practic The Oglala Lakota's struggle to preserve their spiritual tradition The impact of modernity on Hinduism Only by discussing the unique challenges faced by all religions, and their followers, can we take the first step toward a greater understanding for all of us.

Gersonides on Providence Covenant and the Chosen People

Gersonides on Providence  Covenant  and the Chosen People Author Robert Eisen
ISBN-10 0791423131
Year 1995
Pages 257
Language en
Publisher SUNY Press
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This is a careful examination of the doctrine of Jewish chosenness in the light of Gersonides's thought on providential suffering and on inherited providence. Gersonides is one of the most interesting and important philosophers of the later Jewish Middle Ages.

Sabbath Circumcision and Tithing

Sabbath  Circumcision  and Tithing Author Michael Morrison
ISBN-10 1469792133
Year 2002-06-01
Pages 308
Language en
Publisher iUniverse
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Why do some Christians keep the Sabbath, or tithe, and ignore other Old Testament laws? The Bible tells us which laws are still valid.

Why Aren t Jewish Women Circumcised

Why Aren   t Jewish Women Circumcised Author Shaye J. D. Cohen
ISBN-10 052092049X
Year 2005-09-06
Pages 334
Language en
Publisher Univ of California Press
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Why aren't Jewish women circumcised? This improbable question, first advanced by anti-Jewish Christian polemicists, is the point of departure for this wide-ranging exploration of gender and Jewishness in Jewish thought. With a lively command of a wide range of Jewish sources—from the Bible and the Talmud to the legal and philosophical writings of the Middle Ages to Enlightenment thinkers and modern scholars—Shaye J. D. Cohen considers the varied responses to this provocative question and in the process provides the fullest cultural history of Jewish circumcision available.