A life for a life?: death penalty on trial by Vernon W. Redekop

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Leviticus 20:2) 7. Cursing God. (Leviticus 24:1016) Page 26 8. Going too close to the sacred tent, altar, or ark. (Numbers 1:51; 3:10, 38; 18:7) 9. Being a false prophet. (Deuteronomy 13:5) 10. Worshiping idols. (Deuteronomy 13:16; 17:25; Exodus 22:20) 11. Getting a friend, parent, or child to worship another god. (Deuteronomy 13:712) Rebellious Acts Associated with Death 12. Assaulting one's father or mother. (Exodus 21:15) 13. Cursing one's parents. (Exodus 21:17;Leviticus 20:9) 14. Rebelling against leaders.

Going back to the original languages, the author does extensive translation and analysis to unlock the intention of biblical death penalty texts. For Page 9 those who base their support for the death penalty on conventional interpretation of Scripture, Redekop raises some deep and disturbing questions. But the author does not restrict himself to a narrow discussion of the death penalty. In Part Two he invites us to examine the principles that underlie our response to crimenot only to murder but to other crimes as well.

Another understanding was that of transference of guilt. The atonement rituals transferred guilt to an animal. The idea of a merciful God ready to forgive was there all along. The prophets made clear that the quality of one's heart was more important than sacrificial rituals. If Jesus died once for all, taking on the guilt of the world, he died even for those who committed the most abhorrent crimes. Forgiveness means giving up the right to revenge or punish. Summary Because Jews argued that Jesus be crucified, Christians have wrongly taken out their vengeful feelings on the Jews.

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