Bede’s Theology of Circumcision, Its Sources and Significance

  title={Bede’s Theology of Circumcision, Its Sources and Significance},
  author={Conor O’Brien},
  journal={The Journal of Theological Studies},
  • Conor O’Brien
  • Published 4 October 2016
  • Philosophy
  • The Journal of Theological Studies
The Anglo-Saxon theologian Bede (d.735) declared in no uncertain terms that what baptism was for Christians under the new dispensation, circumcision had been for Jews under the old – a genuine sacramental means to remove original sin. In arguing this he drew upon previous comments by Augustine and Gregory the Great, but went beyond them in the clarity and extent of his argument. While Augustine had been the first Latin Father to suggest that circumcision had removed original sin for the…