In Search of Real Circumcision: Ritual Failure and Circumcision in Paul

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Abstract

This article applies the theoretical framework of ‘ritual failure’, a sub-discipline of ritual criticism, to Paul’s discussion of circumcision in his letter to the Galatians, Philippians and Romans. It is argued that the application of this theoretical perspective clarifies the dynamics at stake and provides a new way of understanding the development in Paul’s position regarding circumcision. There is movement from an attitude of strong propagation, by way of indifference and a subsequent attitude of rejection, to one of modified reintegration into Paul’s thinking. At every turn of this development, ritual failure plays a pivotal role and functions as a catalyst for the development of Paul’s theology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
JournalJournal for the Study of the New Testament
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Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Circumcision
Theoretical Framework
Theology
Letter to the Galatians
Criticism
Indifference
Philippians
Rejection

Keywords

  • Circumcision
  • Paul
  • New Testament
  • Theology
  • Ritual
  • Ritual failure

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