I've posted before about the topic that I've named "reactionary religion". The basic idea being that many Christian doctrines are formulated as a reaction to a previously existing doctrine or policy. With that basic idea in mind several years ago I decided to research (and teach a series of classes on) the topic of Baptism. Instead of rehashing Catholic/Reformed/Anabaptist/Evangelical/Charismatic arguments I decided to try and learn everything I could about the Jewish practice. The study of the mikvah and tevilah started me down the road to discovering that much of the theological positions of Christendom are based on faulty premises.
That realization has forced me to reexamine my thinking on a number of religious topics.
Over a year ago I started formally studying some of the aspects of Jewish thought and Christianity. This has been an interesting study for me. I've learned somethings and gained perspective that has been amazing. This topic of study is going to take up a considerable amount of my time for some years to come. There really is so much to learn about the Jewishness of Christianity.
More recently I have become acquainted with Rabbi B. He is becoming a fantastic asset in my continuing religious education. Not only is he a gracious teacher but he is patient with questions that I'm sure seam infantile to him. As part of his efforts to educate me, he has written a thorough explanation of the Rabbinic understanding of circumcision. His work has been enlightening to me both because of the effort he has put into the topic and as a insight into the Jewish thought process.
I don't know if there is any interest in reading his work, but I am offering to share it with anyone who would be interested. Rabbi B has graciously given me permission to either email it or post it here. If you are interested in reading it please drop a line in the comments and let me know if you prefer it online or via email. If you want it emailed you need to send me your address.
Rabbi B hasn't agreed to this, but if there is enough interest in posting it on line, he may be kind enough to field some questions for us too.