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Re: orion Orion: Commentary on Nahum- "hanging alive upon a tree"
From: Judith Romney Wegner <jrw@Brown.edu>
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Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1997 1:48 AM
Subject: Re: orion Orion: Commentary on Nahum- "hanging alive upon a tree"
>>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
I refer, of course, to the crucifixions effected by Alexander Jannaeus.
E.M. Cook in _The Dead Sea Scrolls, A New Translation_: "[the DSS]
community wholly approved of this method of punishing God's enemies; they
believed it was prescribed by the Bible". These comments made in his
commentary of 4Q169. I am a bit confused over the nature of your comments,