eight days old

Genesis 21:4

21:4 eight days old. The act of circumcision was not only the sign of the Abrahamic covenant (see note on Genesis 17:11), but was also a significant contribution to health, of both husband and wife, as modern medical knowledge confirms. It is also well established that, as far as the health of the infant is concerned, the eighth day is the optimum time for performing the operation.

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