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"whole body of lawyers, the legal profession," 1550s, a sense which derives ultimately from the railing that separated benchers from the hall in the Inns of Court.
Students who had attained a certain standing were "called" to it to take part in the important exercises of the house.
But a more compelling reason was that circumcision accompanied the radiation of primitive humans out of Africa 80,000 years ago, as outlined in the history section.
Those cultures that do not circumcise these days are ones that stopped doing it, possibly as a result of privation or adoption of religions that forbid it.
When the Israelites were held in bondage in Egypt the men were all circumcised.
After Moses led them out of Egypt a ritual of circumcision on the 8 day post-partum was instituted as a “covenant with God”.
Another compelling explanation referred to earlier involves the ritualization of circumcision's prophylactic effects, especially as many different human groups and cultures that live in desert or other hot environments have adopted it as part of their customs.After c.1600, however, this was popularly assumed to mean the in a courtroom, which was the wooden railing marking off the area around the judge's seat, where prisoners stood for arraignment and where a barrister (q.v.) stood to plead.There are several theories and there may be elements of truth to each.There is ample evidence of circumcised mummies at the time the Hebrews inhabited Egypt, as well as illustrations of the operation itself and of circumcised Pharoahs, dating back to 3,000 BC [Weiss, 1997].The Judeo-Muslim practice of circumcision quite likely had its origin in Egyptian civilization, where there is evidence of a circumcised mummy at the time the Hebrews inhabited Egypt, as well as illustrations of the operation itself and of circumcised Pharoahs, dating back to 3000 BC [Weiss, 1997].