Events of The Bible

Abraham’s Circumcision

Abraham’s Circumcision

Abraham’s Circumcision

בְּרִית מִילָה

Brit Milah

b’-REET mee-LAH

Where does Abraham’s Circumcision take place?

At Abraham’s tent at the terebinths of Mamre.

When does Abraham’s Circumcision take place?

When Abraham was 99 years old, in the Hebrew calendar year 2047.

What happened at Abraham’s Circumcision?

God made a covenant with Abraham in which Abraham promised to ensure that his descendants would wholeheartedly worship God. In exchange, God promised to safeguard Abraham’s offspring, who would eventually become the nation of Israel. This covenant was sealed through circumcision, which Abraham performed on himself (at age 99!) and all other males in his household. 

The circumcision is the most well-known act showing Abraham’s commitment to God and God’s covenant with Abraham’s descendants.

To this very day, the Jewish people continue to fulfill the commandment of circumcising their sons on the eighth day after birth.


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