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Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Tradition
David A. Bernat
Publication Date
October 2009


This first and only full-length scholarly study of circumcision provides key references for anyone researching circumcision across cultures.

Circumcision has been a key symbol for Jews throughout history, a practice debated among the first Christians, and a ritual found among peoples the world over. Making use of a “close-reading” approach to ritually oriented texts, Bernat offers new and important insights into the biblical idea of covenant and into core aspects of the Torah’s views on God, ritual, and Israelite destiny.

David A. Bernat is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, and Jewish Chaplain at Wellesley College. He is the co-editor of Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage (Sheffield Phoenix).

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