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A New Biblical Breakthrough: Moses's Son Forcibly Circumcised Against His Father's WillMichel Hervé Navoiseau-Bertaux Salem-News.com
New Biblical breakthrough: the circumcision of Moses's son was forced upon him and his parents
(PARIS, France) - As an introduction to this new Biblical finding, I wish to pay tribute to our Editor Tim King for his brilliant illustration of my last Biblical article. Only a very committed intactivist could ever imagine comparing the sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22) with that of Genesis 15.
Indeed, the sacrifice of a ram instead of Isaac realized the abolition of an old Egyptian custom: the sacrifice of the elder son to the Pharaoh.
Similarly, the animal sacrifice of Genesis 15 realized the abolition of circumcision by young Abram (the Pharaoh Amenophis IV who chose not to reign in favour of the Great Vizier Ay - cf. "The secrets of the Exodus") in his city of Akhetaton.
We are now going to show that not only did the Pharaoh Aï force circumcision upon old Abram but also on Moses’s son:
"During this journey, he (Moses) stopped in a hostelry; the Lord approached him and wanted to make him die (if he did not have his son circumcised). Zipporah seized a stone, cut the outgrowth of her son off and threw it at his feet (the Lord’s) saying (to her men, in great sorrow): "Are you thus united to me by blood?" The Lord let him (Moses) alone. Then she said: "Yes, you are united to me by blood, thanks to (other rabbis say "because of") the circumcision!" (Exodus, 4:24-26, literally translated from the translation of the French Rabbinate. Paris: Les editions Colbo; 1999.)
These verses show that the Pharaoh Ay (Adonaï, or Atonaï – cf. "The secrets of the Exodus") tried to oblige Moses to circumcise his son. But Moses preferred death rather than committing this crime. As Zipporah belonged to a circumcising tribe, circumcision was a trifle for her.
During a scene of atrocious cruelty, in order to save Moses’s life, she carried the operation out under the threat of Ay who took Moses chained up. In a mad rage to have been forced to it against her spouse’s will, she cheered up her men through defying Aï with an insulting gesture: throwing the cut off foreskin at his feet.
That gesture sealed a family alliance against Pharaoh and circumcision.
However, the slaughter of the foreskin of Moses’s son, mocked by his intact comrades, traumatized the child to such an extent that forty years later, after his father's death, Sethy Ist reintroduced circumcision in Gilgal (Joshua, 5: 2).
Eager to invade Palestine, in order to submit his troops, he ordered the collective crime that was a prelude to the genocide of Jericho.
Sabbah M. and R. The secrets of the Exodus. London: Thorsons Ltd; 2002. New York: Helios press; 2004.
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