Circumcision controversy in early Christianity  

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The first Christian Church Council in Jerusalem, held in approximately 50 AD decreed that circumcision was not a requirement for Gentile converts. This became known as the "Apostolic Decree" and may be one of the first acts differentiating Early Christianity from Judaism. At roughly the same time Rabbinic Judaism made their circumcision requirement for Jewish boys even stricter.

According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, "the decision that Christians need not practice circumcision is recorded in Acts 15; there was never, however, a prohibition of circumcision, and it is practiced by Coptic Christians."


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