Besnijdenis van jongens: Vruchtbaarheidsritueel of teken van het verbond?

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The crux in Ex 4 seems to be the apotropaic function of blood of the circumcision to avert death. The most plausible interpretation is that Moses had not been circumcised and that Zippora circumcises her son to save Moses by it. A comparison with the Arabic proves that circumcision and marriage were closely connected (as it still is in Islam) which explains the 'bridegroom of blood'.
Original languageDutch
Title of host publicationHebreeuws in het midden
EditorsArchibald van Wieringen, Bart Koet, Harm van Grol
Place of PublicationHeeswijk
PublisherBerne Media / Uitgeverij Abdij van Berne
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789089721044
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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