History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present


"History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present" from Peter Charles Remondino. Peter Charles Remondino, physician, author (1846-1926).
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History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present

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"History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present" from Peter Charles Remondino. Peter Charles Remondino, physician, author (1846-1926).
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  • ISBN-13: 9781512159738
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/11/2015
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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A HISTORY OF CIRCUMCISION. CHAPTER I. Antiquity Of Circumcision. Ip the ceremonials of the Catholic Church or the High Church Episcopalians carry us back into the depths of antiquity, or, as remarked by Frothingham, that the ceremonies of St. Peter, at Rome, carried him back |o the mysteries of Eulesis, to the sacrificial rites of ancient Phoenicia, to what misty antiquity does not the contemplation of the rite of circumcision take us ? The Alexandrian library, with its vast collection of precious records, could probably have furnished us some information as to its origin and antiquity; but Moslem fanaticism, with its belief in the all-sufficiency and infallibility of the Koran, wus the destruction of that wonderful repository. We must now depend wholly on the relation of the Old Testament or on what has since been written by the Greek and Italian historians as to its origin and practices. The Egyptian monuments and their hyeroglyphics give us no information on the subject further back than the reign of Rameses II; while the oft-quoted Herodotus wrote some fourteen centuries after the Old Testament relation, and Strabo and Diodorus some nineteen centuries after the same chronicler. We have, therefore, in their chronological order, first, the relation of the Bible ; then the Egyptian monuments and their revelations ; 'and, thirdly, the information gathered by Pythagoras, Herodotus, and other philosophers andhistorians. To these three sources we may add the misty mixture of tradition and mythological events, whose beginnings as to period of time are indefinite. These are the sources from which we are to determine the origin and antiquity as well as the character of the rite. Voltairefound in the subject of circumcision one that he could not satisfactorily make enter int...
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