... the practice originated among the hunting peoples. Hunting peoples lived in tribal groups. Seen statistically, these are of a size which are renowned for their erratic fluctuations.
May 2018: Schoeberliens statistics show that around 8.8% of youths have phimosis. Due the extremely erratic fluctuations in frequences which are to be expected in any small group (or extended family like Abraham's), this would result in times when no-one would have phimosis and times when it would appear pandemic. Therefore it seems highly probable that routine circumcision was introduced at a time of high frequency of phimosis.
or it could be argued: Original studies on large sample groups (i.e. excluding studies misquoting Øster) show that the frequency of phimosis lies between 2.4% and 14%. This may be due to the different degrees of phimosis which were measured or different ethnic groups. etc ..