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Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Tradition
Bernat, David A.

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009 pp. xii + 163. $24.95

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Description: Sign of the Covenant is the first and only full-length scholarly study of circumcision in the Hebrew Bible. Making use of a “close-reading” approach to ritually oriented texts, it offers new and important insights into the biblical idea of covenant and into core aspects of the Torah’s views on God, ritual, and Israelite destiny. Circumcision has been a key symbol for Jews throughout history, a practice debated among the first Christians, and a ritual found among peoples the world over. Sign of the Covenant will be a key reference work for anyone looking at circumcision in any culture, and particularly for students of the Bible, Judaism, and Christianity.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches

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Review by Michael Hundley
Published 1/13/2011
Citation: Michael Hundley, review of David A. Bernat, Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Tradition, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by Ulrich Zimmermann
Published 9/10/2011
Citation: Ulrich Zimmermann, review of David A. Bernat, Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Tradition, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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