Admit Him into the Covenant of Abraham?

Yaacov Deutsch

in Judaism in Christian Eyes

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199756537
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950201 | DOI:
Admit Him into the Covenant of Abraham?

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This chapter focuses on a topic that pertains to the life cycle—birth and its attendant ritual. Birth rituals are indeed among the most popular subjects in our corpus. A case in point is circumcision (brit mila), which is discussed in thirty-nine of the forty works that cover Jewish life cycle events. The relative abundance of early modern travel works that describe the circumcision ceremony attest to the curiosity that this practice aroused.

Keywords: birth rituals; circumcision; Jewish life cycle; early modern travel writing

Chapter.  22034 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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