Bodies Bound for Circumcision and Baptism: An Intersex Critique and the Interpretation of Galatians

  title={Bodies Bound for Circumcision and Baptism: An Intersex Critique and the Interpretation of Galatians},
  author={Joseph A. Marchal},
  journal={Theology \& Sexuality},
  pages={163 - 182}
Abstract Arguments about the meaning of specific forms of embodiment resonate across a range of contexts, both theological and supposedly non-theological, ancient and contemporary. These forms are potently reconsidered in light of the modern medicalized management of intersex populations and the intersex critique in response to such management. Such a critique entails a new kind of accountability for biblical literature and interpretation, particularly as they inhabit an especially contested… 

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