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The Covenant of Circumcision
New Perspectives on an Ancient Jewish Rite
Elizabeth Wyner Mark, ed.

Brandeis University Press



Contents

Acknowledgements xi

• Reading the Texts 1

• Crossing the Gender Divide: Public Ceremonies, Private Parts, Mixed Feelings xiii
• Wounds, Vows, Emanations: A Phallic Trope in the Patriarchal Narrative 3
• Foreskin Sacrifice: Zipporah's Ritual and the Bloody Bridegroom 18
• A Brief History of Jewish Circumcision Blood 30
• The Cut of Wholeness: Psychoanalytic Interpretations of Biblical Circumcision 443
• Circumcision, Secrecy, and the Veiling of the Veil: Phallomorphic Exporsure and Kabbalistic Esotericism 58

• Cultural Markings 71

• Circumcision and Castration under Roman Law in the Early Empire 75
Brit Milah: A Study of Change in Custom 87
• Depicting the Ambiguous Wound: Circumcision in Medieval Art 98
• Circumcision and Baptism: The Development of a Jewish Ritual in Christian Europe 114
• Christian Travelers to the Circumcision: Early Modern Representations 128
• Circumcision and Modern Jewish Life: A German Case Study, 1843-1914 142

• Contemporary Voices

• Circumscribed Circumcision: The Motivations and Identities of Israeli Parents Who Choose Not to Circumcize Their Sons 161
• Circumcision in Hungary after the Shoah 177
• Three Rabbinic Perspectives
• A Plea for Inclusion 188
• A Covenant Above Reason 194
• Noam's
Bris 197

• Epilogue: A Medley of Women's Voices 201

• Notes 205

• Contributors 245

• Index 247

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