Why is there such an obsession with Foreskins in the OT
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04-03-2014, 01:06 AM
Why is there such an obsession with Foreskins in the OT
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04-03-2014, 01:09 AM
RE: Why is there such an obsession with Foreskins in the OT
If I had to make a guess, it would be because they lived in the desert. Getting sand in there . . . ouch!

And, from what I recall, circumcision began in Egypt; yet another desert culture. So, the math adds up.

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04-03-2014, 01:13 AM
RE: Why is there such an obsession with Foreskins in the OT
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04-03-2014, 03:28 AM
RE: Why is there such an obsession with Foreskins in the OT
Because the penis is a very sensitive organ and it is attached to many some-ones on the forum?

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04-03-2014, 03:39 AM
RE: Why is there such an obsession with Foreskins in the OT
Because it was probably seen as a way of sacrificing a part of the baby boy without having to actually kill your first-born son in a culture that operated by the norms of animal sacrifices to a regional war god.

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04-03-2014, 07:30 AM
RE: Why is there such an obsession with Foreskins in the OT
(04-03-2014 01:06 AM)Aleprauchanist Wrote:  Topic says all Undecided
Hardly. It's a loaded question. You should demonstrate that the OT actually is obsessed with foreskins before asking why it is obsessed.

A search on circumcis* OR foreskin in the OT turns up 33 verses (NKJV or ESV). One of those is speaking metaphorically of the heart, so the count is 32 verses. The OT has over 23,000 verses. Doesn't seem to qualify as an obsession to me. Drinking Beverage
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04-03-2014, 07:38 AM
RE: Why is there such an obsession with Foreskins in the OT
God made a mistake when he created man. Then to cover his ass he made up a ritual. That or god is a cruel mother fucker. Could be either. God is cruel and retarded.
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04-03-2014, 07:45 AM
RE: Why is there such an obsession with Foreskins in the OT
(04-03-2014 03:39 AM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  Because it was probably seen as a way of sacrificing a part of the baby boy without having to actually kill your first-born son in a culture that operated by the norms of animal sacrifices to a regional war god.

I never thought of it like that. I wonder how much truth there is to that idea.

On a related note, I'll leave this here:

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04-03-2014, 07:45 AM
RE: Why is there such an obsession with Foreskins in the OT
Having something that looks like an elephants trunk between your legs wasnt cool, so they made it look like an aspergillum. Smartass

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04-03-2014, 09:53 AM
RE: Why is there such an obsession with Foreskins in the OT
The history of circumcision appears to antedate the commandment of YHWH to Abraham to circumcise his son (Gen. 17:10–14). Conservative Christian scholars date Abraham to ca. 2100–2000 BCE. However, documentary evidence for circumcision dating from as far back as 2800 BCE abounds in Egypt. For example, there is a bas-relief with a representation of circumcision (among other surgical operations) in Ankhmahor's tomb in Saqqara.

Circumcision

Ankhmahor was the vizier of Pharaoh Teti, a sixth-dynasty pharaoh who reigned from 2345–2333 BCE. Two men are shown being circumcised. To the viewer's left, a most reluctant young man is being held by the doctor's aide while the doctor prepares to perform the operation. The hieroglyphs document a conversation between another young man about to undergo the same operation and his doctor, with the gist of it being mostly reassurance on the doctor's part. The converstion goes something like this: The patient says:
“Rub (or strop the knife?) it well, to make it efficacious” 
and the operator answers:
 “I’ll make it painless, pleasant.”


The Jews may have picked up the practice from the Egyptians during the so-called captivity or by diffusion.

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