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  1. Hannah
    February 11, 2016

    My theological take on it is that I wouldn’t really label it as a “sacrifice” (a symbol, and a sign that our lives are spared through the fact that God himself takes on all the responsibility of the covenant, not asking Abraham to walk through the bloody animals). Or at least that wouldn’t be the main way I would describe it.

    Nonetheless, your point stands that if one believes it to be a sacrifice, it cannot also be “dirty”, and that we are not bound by the Old Testament law. I think it’s pretty clear that this was a ceremonial law, not something with hygiene benefits like burying poop outside the camp.

    Thanks for writing this!


  2. Not Yours to Cut
    July 17, 2016

    The whole “health benefits” angle is wack. Don’t Americans realize that the uncircumcised female genitalia has far more folds and is far more prone to infections, and yet no one thinks to research cutting little girls at birth! Pretty simple logic, folks.


  3. John Smith
    January 8, 2018

    Well, lessee… Orthodox Judaism says that the male infant should be circumcised on his 8th day of life. And back when the first-born child was sacrificed to God, it was also done on the 8th day of his life!

    Surely, that must be coinkydink….


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