The Ban on Circumcision as a Cause of Bar Kokhba's Rebellion
29 Isr. L. Rev. 176 (1995)
39 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2015
Date Written: October 24, 2015
As far as we can determine from papyri and from Greek and Roman historians, circumcision was practiced among various nations in the Roman Empire, particularly in Egypt and Arabia. Circumcision existed among various peoples and that this was known to classical writers. At the same time some writers, such as Petronius, saw circumcision as an indicator of Judaism: 'Circumcise us, so that we will appear to be Jews'. Others saw circumcision as a sign that served to make Jews distinct, as Tacitus states: 'They established circumcision so that it would be a sign for them to distinguish them from others.
Keywords: circumcision, Israel, Jewish, Judaism, Egypt, Roman Empire
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