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By Hugh Young (auth.), George C. Denniston, Pia Grassivaro Gallo, Frederick M. Hodges, Marilyn Fayre Milos, Franco Viviani (eds.)

Circumcision is a cultural phenomenon that is affecting 15.3 million youngsters and teens each year. when it comes to gender, 13.3 hundreds of thousands boys and a couple of million ladies are subjected to the involuntary removing of half or all in their exterior intercourse organs each year. Few humans, even though, ask why such practices persist or how glossy societies can tolerate this inherent violation of human rights. the matter of lady circumcision is being addressed on a global point, whereas male circumcision continues to be a topic many lecturers are reluctant to completely or impartially learn. This publication explores the matter of female and male circumcision in smooth society from spiritual, anthropological, mental, scientific, criminal, and moral perspectives.

Bodily Integrity and the Politics of Circumcision: tradition, Controversy, and alter illuminates the vulnerability of human society to scientific, monetary, and old pressures. It offers a much-needed, considerate, and precise research of the devastating influence of circumcision on physically integrity and human rights, and it presents desire for change.

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And why was circumcision not interpreted as sacrifice until then? This article may be read as an attempt to answer these questions, and to build on the pioneering research of both authors. 3 For more detail on these and other biblical texts discussed in this article, see Glick LB. Marked in Your Flesh: Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2005. pp. 13-27. 4 An instructive and readable reference on this complex topic is Friedman RE. Who Wrote the Bible?

1. COVENANT The belief in a covenant between the Lord and the Hebrews began long before anyone heard the story of Abraham’s covenant as described in Genesis 17. To explain this, I have to say a few words about how the first part of the Hebrew Bible (the Torah, or “Five Books of Moses”) was created. Although no one can be certain about details, biblical scholars now generally agree that the five books consist of four distinct segments, composed at various times and eventually combined around 500 BCE.

Yes, foreskins must be removed, but even when there is no foreskin, blood still must flow. C. Denniston et al. ), Bodily Integrity and the Politics of Circumcision, 17 © 2006 Springer. –36. Chapter 2 18 But consider this: the foundational text for Jewish circumcision, Chapter 17 of Genesis, does not mention blood. And although it might be said that sacrificial bloodshed is implied when a foreskin is removed, the emphasis of the chapter is clearly not on sacrifice but on covenant. ” 3 Several connected questions arise: If bleeding is essential in a ritual circumcision, why is there no mention of blood in the biblical texts?

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