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From Abraham to America : A History of Jewish Circumcision - Eric Silverman

From Abraham to America

A History of Jewish Circumcision

Hardcover Published: 27th July 2006
ISBN: 9780742516687
Number Of Pages: 303

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Silverman's new book is a comprehensive overview of Jewish circumcision throughout history. Beginning with Genesis, the author traces paradoxes and tensions in biblical-Jewish circumcision as seen both within Judaism and from the dominant, non-Jewish culture, and ends with the current debate over Jewish and routine medical circumcision in America. This book is essential reading in Jewish studies, medical sociology, and Judaic studies/theology.

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A remarkable, stimulating and wide-ranging study of Jewish circumcision...This book is a must-read for professionals practicing in the Jewish community as well as scholars of Judaism and religious studies. * Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies *
Putting modern objections to circumcision in the context of previously non-Jewish attacks provides a useful comparison. * Jewish History, December 2008 *
Eric Silverman's From Abraham to America: A History of Jewish Circumcision finally supplies a comprehensive overview of the Western debates about circumcision from its ritual form as practice by the Jews to its present day "American" appearance as a ubiquitous medical practice. How do we get from "Abraham" to "America"? With great finesse and some polemic, Silverman enables us to follow the circuitous path that encompasses Jewish-Christian relationships from the early Church to the present. An important and engaging book on a topic of ongoing fascination. -- Sander L. Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Emory University
Silverman's book demystifies much of the meaning and context of circumcision by delivering a comprehensive and intricate analysis of this Jewish practice....A vast bibliography, insightful references, additional layers of anthropological, theological and political analyses, spiced with mythological stories as well as a good portion of humor, make this book not only comprehensive, but also satisfying. * Men and Masculinities *

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Why There?p. xv
Abbreviations and Sourcesp. xxix
Circumcision, Creation, and the Cosmic Phallusp. 1
Covenantal Corporeality; or, Was Adam Circumcised?p. 15
Circumcision and the Mark of Cainp. 33
The Life and Times of Abrahamp. 49
The Bloody Bridegroomp. 75
Lilith, Yarmulkes, and the Eye of Circumcisionp. 99
The Jewish Circumcision Ceremonyp. 117
Circumcision, Anti-Semitism, and Christ's Foreskinp. 145
Circumcision Contentions in Contemporary Judaismp. 177
Old Whine in New Foreskins: Anti-Judaism in the Contemporary Debate over Medical Circumcisionp. 213
Conclusionp. 241
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 289
About the Authorp. 303
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ISBN: 9780742516687
ISBN-10: 0742516687
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 303
Published: 27th July 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 16.0  x 2.95
Weight (kg): 0.62