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Why "the foreskin"?

Post by DeavonReye on Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:30 pm

In the bible, it talks about the Hebrews being "set apart" by removing the foreskin. Why was this actually done? Why "the foreskin"?
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Re: Why "the foreskin"?

Post by Davelaw on Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:57 pm

All we have is speculation:

many nomadic peoples circumcize to keep down infection (long time without bathing/nasty things accumulate under the fore-skin)-thats one perspective

another is cultic rituals
some Egyptian preists were circumcized as were adherents of some of the Hellenic mystery cults
-it could be that this was originally a way to set every Hebrew male apart as a priest of God
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Re: Why "the foreskin"?

Post by DeavonReye on Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:44 pm

I understand the issue of cleanliness.

I wasn't aware of other cultures having done the same procedure. Interesting.

As for the "setting apart", was it a "setting apart" just for them alone to know? I mean, I don't think there would be any "show and tell" going on.
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Post by Davelaw on Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:19 pm

with the mystery cults-there was the accusation of sexual practices-so one can assume a little show and tell
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Re: Why "the foreskin"?

Post by sacrificialgoddess on Thu Dec 30, 2010 2:57 pm

I would give Leah over on BN a holler on this one, Deavon. She is my source for all things Judicia. If she doesn't know the answer, she can usually send you in the direction towards the answer:

http://community.beliefnet.com/leahone

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Re: Why "the foreskin"?

Post by DeavonReye on Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:16 pm

Thanks, sg . . . . .but I really don't want to sign up over there. I'm on far too many forums as it is!! hehehe

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