Capital Punishment in Jewish Law

Authored by: Edna Erez , Kathy Laster

Routledge Handbook on Capital Punishment

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138651579
eBook ISBN: 9781315624723
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315624723-13

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Abstract

The Torah (also referred to as the Five Books of Moses, the Scripture, or, in the Christian world, the Old Testament) provides a comprehensive account of law and punishment, including the use of the death penalty for a wide variety of offences. Before the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 1 ad, the death penalty was imposed by the Jewish courts in line with biblical authority. But since those ancient times, Jewish law has been anti-capital punishment in orientation and practice.

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