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From the Watchtower magazine June 1 2007 I offer the following simple answer on why Gid required Abraham and his offspring to get circumcised: Some people in ancient times, such as the Egyptians, practiced circumcision, that is, the cutting away of the foreskin of the male sex organ. Abraham, however, was not born into such a culture. In fact, for most ...


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Even when the OP stated that he was "asking the question in perspective of Abraham and the children of Israel", since this board is christianity.stackexchange.com, the appropriate answer to be expected is one in which the OT command is interpreted as a figure (type) of an NT reality (antitype). Circumcision is a figure of stripping off "the old man with his ...


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The Church Fathers taught that many things in the Old Testament whose meanings were clouded were, in fact, types or foreshadowings of things that would occur later following the Incarnation. Cyril of Alexandria, for example, commenting in the 5th century on Luke's account of Christ's circumcision writes: After His circumcision, the rite was done away by ...



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