The Covenant of Circumcision

The Covenant of Circumcision Author Elizabeth Wyner Mark
ISBN-10 1584653078
Year 2003
Pages 255
Language en
Publisher UPNE

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

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

"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 Author Terence E. Fretheim
ISBN-10 1570036942
Year 2007
Pages 262
Language en
Publisher Univ of South Carolina Press

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.

The Covenant in Judaism and Paul

The Covenant in Judaism and Paul Author Ellen Juhl Christiansen
ISBN-10 9004103333
Year 1995
Pages 396
Language en
Publisher BRILL

This study examines covenant identity and rituals suggesting that while in Palestinian Judaism several rituals affirm covenant belonging, for Paul covenant is not ritually affirmed, since baptism marks entry into Christ or the church rather than into the covenant.

Creation covenant Scheme and Justification by Faith

Creation covenant Scheme and Justification by Faith Author Mary Sylvia Chinyere Nwachukwu
ISBN-10 8876529411
Year 2002
Pages 372
Language en
Publisher Gregorian Biblical BookShop

The source of the doctrine of justification is a much-debated topic within Pauline studies. The present author sees this source in Paul's Old Testament background, asserting that the creation-covenant scheme in the Pentateuch provides the apostle with his theological foundation in the letter to the Romans.