Circumcision is a biblical practice which begins in Genesis 17 when God makes a covenant with Abraham. Yet this practice is followed not only with Abraham but all of his sons and all who are part of physical Israel. This practice while seen throughout the Old Testament and the New is often confusing to many who are in the church and those who are not.
Thankfully there have been recent studies into this practice not only in academia but to the laymen as well. Righteous by Promise: A Biblical Theology of Circumcision by Karl Deenick is a study aimed at laymen who desire to grow in their knowledge and application of this Biblical practice. This book is part of the phenomenal NSBT (New Studies in Biblical Theology) edited by D.A. Carson and published by IVP Academic.
In this work Deenick gives an in-depth look at many Old Testament and New Testament passages regarding circumcision and it’s relation to righteousness. The best part of this work is not his study of the passages, which is on point, but it’s application to the modern christian. Lastly this work is presented from thoroughly Reformed theological position.
I recommend this commentary to Layman as a great tool in preparation for teaching Sunday school as well as a great introduction for the pastor.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic Publishers in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.