Circumcision is still practiced in Islam, in cultures, even Roman Catholic, in the Philippines and for medical reasons, and of course within Judaism. The first two on this list have the action performed at or near puberty. The last which is first has the action performed at 8 days of age. And some medical circumcisions may be performed as was Abraham's in one's nineties.
I have written on this subject in a number of story segments. My reconstruction of a first century circumcision ceremony is heavily dependent on Lawrence Hoffman's book Covenant of Blood, a book I recommend highly.
How will one be pure, asks the first verse of Psalm 119. Circumcision is a sign of purity. But in the anointed Jesus, called Christ, a universal circumcision has been accomplished drawing all men and women alike into the covenant with Abraham. (Colossians 2:11) We are so slow to understand. As my characters, Prima and Secundus speak to each other after the turn of that first century
– You cannot make two into one.
– I don't have to. It's already done. One is that has made us one in him.
– Can we then make two where there was one?
– No we cannot. We may see many and not see one, but that is not the reality of the one that made nor of the one that was made
There are other segments of story on my old blog under the name story
Also on the blogs I have been skimming recently:
- Teilard de Chardin gets a mention at Exploring our Matrix
- John Hobbins writes about using the psalms figuratively
- Experimental Theology engages in pizza math.
- The Velveteen Rabbi has become real.
- Henry comments on the appeal of 'real' orthodox liturgies.
... for us, Beloved, the invisible Temple Builder in one action has replaced the violence of all cults.