From Circumcision to Baptism – Biblical Refutation of the Baptismal Views of Baptists and Anabaptists

 In his Hasting’s article Proselyte, Gilroy states:26 "By the fourth century B.C., the ‘stranger’ had become a member of the Jewish Church — a proselyte….   About the time of the Maccabees…, the sword became the instrument of national idealism….   Whole cities and tribes were given the option of circumcision or exile, if not slaughter (First Maccabees 2:46 & 13:48 & 14:14-36 and Josephus’s Antiquities III:9:1 & 11:3 & 15:4)….   This propaganda went on till the first century of our era [cf. Matthew 23:15 with Acts 2:10 & 6:5 cf. 8:27f]….