A Review of Covenant of Blood: Circumcision and Gender in Rabbinic Judaism

By Riv-Ellen Prell

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 1998

This article reviews Professor Hoffman's Covenant of Blood. The author describes how Hoffman's interpretation of how the rabbis have radically redefined the meaning of covenant is his starting place for a bold and radical analysis of the brit milah- the first in a series of rituals in the life of a man that establishes what Hoffman terms, "the male lifeline." The author argues that Hoffman's work, which moves us toward the understanding of brit milah in the context of the world of rabbinic Judaism- is one of his most important contributions to the field of Jewish liturgy.

Topic: Ritual, Culture, Men, Power, Publications, Jewish Text, Women

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.62/No.1

Page Number(s): 88-91

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: World

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Prell, Riv-Ellen. A Review of Covenant of Blood: Circumcision and Gender in Rabbinic Judaism. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 1998: 88-91. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4764


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