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Circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin, which functions among male Jews a sign of covenant membership, was early on rejected by Christian groups of predominantly gentile membership. Nevertheless, gentile Christians remained fascinated with the practice of Jewish circumcision, and it appears regularly throughout early Christian texts in both literal and symbolic forms.

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Jacobs, Andrew S., “Circumcision”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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