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Published: 30 June 2005

384 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195176742

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Marked in Your Flesh

Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America

Leonard B. Glick

Glick offers a history of Jewish and Christian beliefs about circumcision from its ancient origins to the current controversy. Hw shows that Jewish American physicians are especially vocal and influential champions of the practice which, he notes, serves to erase the visible difference between Jewish and gentile males. Informed medical opinion is now unanimous that circumcision confers no benefit and the practice has declined. In Jewish circles it is virtually taboo to question circumcision, but Glick does not flinch from asking whether this procedure should continue to be the defining feature of modern Jewish identity.

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