Departmental Papers (Religious Studies)

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

2009

Publication Source

Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception

Volume

4

Start Page

954

Last Page

957

Abstract

The Bible specifies capital punishment for a wide range of crimes against both God and man. Distinct and paradoxical political realia, however, circumscribe its interpretation and implementation in postbiblical Judaism.Capital jurisdiction is a test case of political autonomy, and in the postbiblical era, full Jewish political autonomy has been limited to the Second Temple era and the State of Israel. In Second Temple Judaism, executions fell primarily under the jurisdiction (or discretion) of the sovereign, such as Alexander Jannaeus or Herod. Any ties understood to have existed between executions and biblical strictures are unclear.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This text was originally published by De Gruyter in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception in 2009. For full text, refer to www.degruyter.com/view/db/ebr

Keywords

Capital Punishment, Judaism

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Date Posted: 08 September 2017