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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
is a person who, among modern Jews, acts as joint master of ceremonies along with the operator in the rite of circumcision (q.v.). He is to hold the child on his knees-while the circumciser is performing the operation. As a preparation for his duty. he must wash his whole person.
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Baal-Berith'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/b/baal-berith.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.