From Abraham to America: A History of Jewish Circumcision

From Abraham to America: A History of Jewish Circumcision

by Eric Silverman

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Overview

From Abraham to America: A History of Jewish Circumcision by Eric Silverman

Silverman's new book is a comprehensive overview of Jewish circumcision throughout history. Beginning with Genesis, the author traces paradoxes and tensions in biblical-Jewish circumcision as seen both within Judaism and from the dominant, non-Jewish culture. Topics include rabbinic literature, early Christianity, Medieval notions of menstruating Jewish men and the blood libel, the relic of Christ's foreskin, modern notions of the Jewish body and Jewish manhood, and the current debate over Jewish and routine medical circumcision in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742516694
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/27/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Eric Silverman is associate professor of anthropology at DePauw University.

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