NCBI ROFL: The circumcision of Jesus Christ.

By ncbi rofl | October 16, 2009 3:00 pm

“PURPOSE: We study the controversies manifested in religious writings, art, sculpture and music as well as the theological disputes surrounding the circumcision of Jesus Christ. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data are derived from relevant historical and theological articles. RESULTS: Jesus Christ was circumcised as a Jew on the 8th day after his birth. Until 1960 the Catholic church celebrated the day as Circumcision Day. In medieval times the holy foreskin was worshipped in many European churches. CONCLUSIONS: Christianity never condoned the ritual of circumcision and established the sacrament of baptism in its place.”

  • Anonymous

    This turns up a treasure trove of articles on the patient 'Jesus Christ' when you click on the 'personal name as subject' link.

  • Yoseph

    The Christian practice of “baptism” is taken from the Jewish practice called “tevila” or “Mikveh” which is done by Jews during various festivals and holy times. It was not invented by Christianity.

  • http://jesuschristwallpaper.net/ Jesus Christ Wallpaper

    “Christianity never condoned the ritual of circumcision” .. didn’t God have a circumcision covenant with Abraham? Just saying..

  • David

    Yoseph – Christianity doesn’t claim to have “invented” baptism, as far as I am aware. It was certainly not invented by Christ, since Christ himself was baptised by John the Baptist, who probably adapted the Jewish festival to represent the cleansing of sin (for which I would guess is probably the reasoning behind the Jewish ritual, but I’m afraid I know very little about Jewish traditions that are not/hardly mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible.)

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