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Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception
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.
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Capital Punishment, Judaism
Dohrmann, N.B. (2009). Capital Punishment: Judaism. In C. Helmer, S.L. McKenzie, T.C. Römer, J. Schröter, B.D. Walfish, E. Ziolkowski (Eds.), Ecyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (pp. 954-957). New York: De Gruyter.
Date Posted: 08 September 2017