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Abraham circumcises his household
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Circumcision
Circumcision (מוּלָה‎, mulah; περιτομη, peritomē). The ritual act of incising or removing a male child’s foreskin eight days after birth (Gen 17:12; Lev 12:3; Luke 2:21). A sign of Abraham’s covenant with God (Gen 17:9–14).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Circumcision
CIRCUMCISION. In the ancient Near East circumcision was widely practiced in two distinct forms: certain classes of Egyptian men, especially priests, slit the foreskin to let it hang free; many men from western Semitic groups in Syria and Palestine removed the foreskin altogether. The origins of the practice
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Circumcision
Circumcision. Surgical removal of the foreskin of the male reproductive organ. In Bible times circumcision was the seal of God’s covenant with Abraham (Gn 17:1–14). While circumcision originated as an ancient tribal or religious rite, since the early part of this century it has been practiced in Western
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Circumcision
Circumcision [Heb. mûl, mālal (Gen. 17:11), mûlôṯ (Ex. 4:26); Gk. peritémnō, peritomḗ]; also “without being circumcised” [Gk. di’ akrobystías] (Rom. 4:11). The custom of cutting off the foreskin (prepuce) of the male genital organ, usually as a religious rite, but today often simply hygienic.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Circumcision
CIRCUMCISION Surgical removal of the foreskin of the male reproductive organ. In Bible times circumcision was the seal of God’s covenant with Abraham (Gn 17:1–14). While circumcision originated as an ancient tribal or religious rite, since the early part of this century it has been practiced in Western
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Circumcision
circumcision, the removal of the foreskin (prepuce) of the penis. In the ancient Near East, the practice varied. Some societies, including the Hebrews, completely amputated the prepuce, while other cultures (e.g., the Egyptians) made dorsal incisions upon the foreskin. According to Jer. 9:25–26, many
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Circumcision
CIRCUMCISION (Heb. mûlâ, Gr. peritomē) Circumcision is literally the surgical removal of the prepuce or foreskin of the male sexual organ. Similar operations on women are known but are infrequent and religiously meaningless. Circumcision is practiced by many peoples, especially in tropical and subtropical
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Circumcision
CircumcisionThe removal of the foreskin from the penis. While practiced by some ancient Near Eastern peoples for various reasons and in specific ways, circumcision had a unique place in the worship and practice of the people of Israel.According to Genesis circumcision was first practiced by the patriarchs
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Circumcision
CircumcisionPaul’s insistence that circumcision not be imposed on Gentile converts led to one of the most serious and fundamental controversies in the early church. The controversy over Paul’s stance on circumcision is reflected in Acts 15, the letters to the Galatians and to the Romans, Philippians
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Circumcision
CIRCUMCISION The rite of cutting away the foreskin from the male generative organ, performed on Jewish boys on their eighth day of life. In Israel, circumcision was not just a surgical procedure; it was primarily a religious rite. It was a sign of God’s covenant with Abraham (Gen 17:10), and no man could
Key passages
Ge 17:23–27

And Abraham took Ishmael his son and all who were born of his house, and all those acquired by his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house, and he circumcised the flesh of their foreskin on the same day that God spoke with him. Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he circumcised …