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Circumcision

The choice of the eighth day, a mere coincidence?

 

 

 Circumcision

Inv 518

Giulio PIPPI,
said GIULIO ROMANO

Wood transposed on canvas
1490

Denon Great salle 5 Gallery 

  
Circumcision is probably the oldest omphalotomie after surgery (resection of the umbilical cord). The procedure involves removing the foreskin. The word is formed from two Latin words meaning "cut around". The molded Hebrew verb (circumcision) is used for literal and figurative sense. The Greek name péritomê (circumcision) literally means "cut around". - John 7:22.
   
Circumcision was practiced in Egypt, but it is not known when this practice was introduced in the country. Some based on Herodotus claimed wrongly Abraham borrowing was the custom of the Egyptians. Circumcision was also practiced by the Moabites, Ammonites, Phoenicians and the Edomites. - Jeremiah 9: 25,26
  
Circumcision was practiced in Egypt,
but it is not known when this practice
was introduced in the country.

Some based on Herodotus claimed wrongly Abraham borrowing was
the custom of the Egyptians.

Circumcision was also practiced
by the Moabites, Ammonites,
Phoenicians and the Edomites.

- Jeremiah 9: 25,26
 
The Triumph of David  inv 592
  
God made mandatory circumcision for Abraham in 1919 BC, a year before the birth of Isaac (Genesis 17: 9-14).. Later, circumcision was erected in absolute requirement of the law given to Israel. "On the eighth day [after the birth of a boy], we will circumcise the flesh of the foreskin. "(Leviticus 12: 2, 3). If the eighth day fell on a Sabbath, it was still practicing. - John 7: 22,23
  
Among other parents who faithfully
did circumcise their children,  are those
of John the Baptist, Jesus and Paul
(Luke 1:59; 2:21; Philippians 3: 4)
 
 "On the eighth day
[After the birth of a boy]
 the flesh of his foreskin
will be circumcised.
"
 
Leviticus 12: 3
 
 

Why the eighth day ?

 
   
The Bible does not explain it. However, it was recently discovered biochemical reasons involving the clotting process. One of these clotting factors, vitamin K, reaches its normal proportion in the blood between the fifth and seventh day after birth, the intestinal tract of the infant begins to produce its own vitamins. Another factor, prothrombin, is present at birth and at about 30% of the normal rate, while the eighth day is higher than at any time in the life of the child until 110% of the normal rate. Compliance with these instructions so reduced the risk of bleeding.

  Circumcision on the eighth day,
this statement came from God

  
The choice of the eighth day

Is it a mere coincidence,

or the result of a date

determined by trial and error?

 
 
 "If we take into account the content
vitamin K and prothrombin,
the perfect day to practice circumcision
is the eighth, the selected day
by the Creator of vitamin K. "
 
Dr. S. Mc Millen
  
The Bible says that instruction from God (Genesis 17: 1,9; Leviticus 12: 1). One detail that reveals a higher wisdom than the Egyptians; and further confirms that "all Scripture is inspired of God." - 2 Timothy 3:16.

 "Let him not become uncircumcised"

 
Jewish athletes wishing to
participate Hellenistic games
(in which runners were naked),
strove to be "incirconcire"
by an operation to restore
a semblance of foreskin
to avoid the scorn and mockery.
 
It is perhaps this surgery that
Paul was referring to when he gave
the following advice to Christians:
 
"Has any man been called
while uncircumcised?
Let him not get circumcised.
"
 
(1 Corinthians 7: 18,19).

The Greek verb translated in this verse
with 'become uncircumcised' (épispaomaï)
literally means " pull "
which probably evokes action
pull the foreskin forward.  

Naked athletes   G 291
   
Circumcision is not required of Christians. - Acts 15: 6-29; Philippians 3: 3.
   
   
   

 





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