Everything about male circumcision in The Bible
The term circumcision means to ‘cut around’. The male circumcision procedure involves the removal of the foreskin around the penis by cutting along the top of the foreskin, clamping the skin, and separating it from the penis.
Biblical circumcision is a physical and instantly recognizable expression that a male has favoured to live his life for God and is in control of his own body. It is practiced as a religious rite found in the Abrahamic Covenant and is therefore practiced by Jews, Muslims, and some Christians (most prevalent in the Jewish and Muslim faiths).
Male circumcision generally occurs shortly after birth, during childhood or around puberty as part of a rite of passage. The majority of the Christians no longer practice circumcision under Old Testament laws and the circumcision ceremony is no longer a necessary ritual. This is revealed in several New Testament passages. These verses proclaim that the reliance upon Christ’s finished work on the cross makes Christians ‘circumcised of heart’ and so the circumcision of the flesh accomplishes nothing.
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love”. (Galatians 5: 6)
The First Church Council in Jerusalem declared that male circumcision was no longer necessary in modern Christianity. The subject is still divided amongst the churches with many Christian religious organizations remaining neutral about biblical male circumcision. Even so, the ritual is still customary among the Coptic, Ethiopian, and Eritrean Orthodox Churches and many other African churches.
Male circumcision was once a requirement for gentiles to convert to Judaism but the leaders of the Christian Church at the Council of Jerusalem have rejected the ritual as a requirement for conversion.
*This obligation for circumcision was possibly the very first act of differentiation of early Christianity from its Jewish roots.
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