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The removal of the foreskin of the penis as a religious rite is very ancient and widely spread, but its origin and significance are not clear.  The practice existed in the Egyptian dynasties before 2400 B.C., and was probably an indication of priestly caste.  Arabs and Jews ascribe its introduction amongst them to Abraham.

God made it a sign of His covenanted priestly people (Gen. 17:10) and strictly enjoined it on Abraham’s progeny. It was performed on boys at the eighth day after birth with a ritual flint knife, bestowal of name, godparents, formulas of prayer.

Christ removed the obligation of circumcision, and the attempt by some to reimpose it on Christian converts failed owing to the Council of the Apostles (Acts 15), though for the sake of expediency Paul circumcised Timothy.  Among Christians it still is practiced by the Copts and Abyssinians, on the eighth day after birth and before Baptism; it has apparently no religious significance.

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~Courtesy of the Bible Dictionary, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM, 2008

And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. ~Gen 17:7

This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.

He that is eight days old among you shall be circumcised; every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house, or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring, both he that is born in your house and he that is bought with your money, shall be circumcised.

So shall My covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.” ~Gen 17:10-14

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