Staying Buried

In Genesis 34, Leah’s daughter, Dinah, is raped by Hivite Prince Shechem.  Infatuated, Shechem bargains with Jacob and his sons to make Dinah Shechem’s wife.  Jacob’s sons tell Shechem he can’t have Dinah unless he and their men are circumcised.  The Hivites agree. They will benefit by mingling with the Hebrews: flocks and possessions will…

A Cut Above the Rest

“This is My covenant, which you are to keep, between Me and you and your offspring after you: Every one of your males must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskin to serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and you” (Gen. 17:10-11). Genesis 17 introduces circumcision. The flesh of…

Foreskins?!? Ewww…

It’s hard to forget the price David paid for his first wife, Michal: 200 Philistine foreskins.  (Cue teenage girl saying, “Ewww!  Gross!”).  Now, there’s only one way a Philistine would part with his foreskin, and that’s if the whole man died.  So David was giving Michal’s father, Saul, 200 dead soldiers.  That meant Israel’s enemy…