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Re: orion Orion: Commentary on Nahum- "hanging alive upon a tree"
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- Subject: Re: orion Orion: Commentary on Nahum- "hanging alive upon a tree"
- From: Judith Romney Wegner <jrw@Brown.edu>
- Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 00:46:32 -0400
>can one go as far to assert that crucifixion was an approved method of
>punishment according to Jewish law during the first century bce?
>I ask this because it seems that there is no consensus amongst scholars on
>this matter; some assert that the act of crucifixion was forbidden under
I would say that one most certainly cannot "go so far, etc." In fact,
it's news to me that any scholar thinks crucifixion was a Jewish method of
execution at any time anywhere. I've never heard this asserted -- let
alone documented -- by anybody. Such evidence as we have points rather
in the opposite direction; for instance, it's well known that crucifixion
is not among the four methods of execution mentioned in what is presented
as a comprehensive list in the Mishnah. Also, even a pretty casual reading
of the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion makes it prettt clear that the
execution was carried out by Romans
I wonder to which "scholars" you were referring exactly?
Judith Romney Wegner