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Execution and invention : death penalty discourse in early Rabbinic and Christian cultures

Author: Beth A Berkowitz
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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Beth Berkowitz explores modern scholarship on the ancient Rabbinic death penalty and offers a fresh perspective using the approaches of ritual studies, cultural criticism and Talmudic source criticism. She argues that the death penalty was used by the early Rabbis in an attempt to assert their authority.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Berkowitz, Beth A.
Execution and invention.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
(DLC) 2004065442
(OCoLC)57316833
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Beth A Berkowitz
ISBN: 9781435618428 1435618424
OCLC Number: 190862412
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 349 pages)
Contents: 1. Introduction, execution and invention --
2. Reading execution, a century of scholarship on the ancient Jewish death penalty --
3. Ritualization and redemption, Mishnah Sanhedrin chapter six --
4. Performing execution, part I, the blood-avenger, the community, and the witness --
5. Performing execution, part 2, the relatives and the rabbis --
6. Paradoxes of power, "the way that the kingdom does it" --
7. The judge and the martyr, execution and authority in early Christianity.
Responsibility: Beth A. Berkowitz.
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Beth Berkowitz explores modern scholarship on the ancient Rabbinic death penalty and offers a fresh perspective using the approaches of ritual studies, cultural criticism and Talmudic source criticism. She argues that the death penalty was used by the early Rabbis in an attempt to assert their authority.

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