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.

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

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 9781438401911
Year 2012-02-01
Pages 257
Language en
Publisher SUNY Press

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.

Abraham Israel and the Nations

Abraham  Israel and the Nations Author Paul R. Williamson
ISBN-10 9780567477392
Year 2001-03-01
Pages 312
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

The divine promises to Abraham have long been recognized as a key to the book of Genesis as a whole. But their variety, often noted, also raises literary and theological problems. Why do they differ each time, and how are they related to each other and to the story of Abraham? Williamson focuses on the promises in Genesis 15 and 17, and concludes that they are concerned with two distinct but related issues. Genesis 15 guarantees God's promise to make Abraham into a great nation, while Genesis 17 focuses chiefly on God's promise to mediate blessing (through Abraham) to the nations. The two chapters are connected, however, by the theme of an individual, royal descendant who will come from the nation (Israel) and mediate blessing to all the nations of the earth.