A Jew Named on the Eighth Day

In a previous post (here) we mentioned the possible sources for the minhag of not naming a baby until the day of the Brit on the eight day.  Mark Glass mentioned to me from Prof. Steven Fine that the earliest explicit source we have (Avraham was not circumcised on the eighth day) is actually from the Christian Bible – where Jesus was named on the eighth day at his Brit Milah.  See Luke 2:21 (here).  Don’t know what to make of it, but I guess it’s worth putting out there.

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2 thoughts on “A Jew Named on the Eighth Day

  1. Correction: Luke 1:59 records the John the Baptist was named on the eighth day, making that the first reference. Thanks Mark for the clarification.

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