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The Covenant of Circumcision (Genesis 17) as an Identity Marker of Nascent Judaism

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1. Title Title of document The Covenant of Circumcision (Genesis 17) as an Identity Marker of Nascent Judaism - The Hunt for Ancient Israel
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Thomas Römer; University of Lausanne; France
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology; Ancient History of Israel
4. Subject Keyword(s) circumcision; Abraham; identity; rite de passage; Genesis 17; Exodus 4:24–26; circumcision of the heart
5. Subject Subject classification Ancient History, Israel; Biblical Studies
6. Description Abstract In the monarchic time, Israelites and Judahites practiced circumcision, as did their neighbors. They practiced circumcision on boys at puberty as a “rite de passages” into (nuptial) maturity. In the exilic period, in the context of the encounter with the Babylonian and Persian civilizations, which did not practice circumcision, the Priestly writers invented a new function of circumcision. It became a “rite de passage” into the world and a sign of the covenant between Yhwh and his people. The circumcision of the newborn male became an identity marker also with regards to people who practiced circumcision at the age of puberty. The circumcision on the eighth day is an invention of P.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 24-Jun-2022
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.41634
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Hunt for Ancient Israel
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd