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Signs of Sin: Seriousness of Offence in Biblical Law

ISBN: 9780826462183


What makes one crime more serious than another, and why? This book investigates the problem of "seriousness of offence" in English law from the comparative perspective of biblical law. Burnside takes a semiotic approach to show how biblical conceptions of seriousness are synthesized and communicated through various descriptive and performative registers. Seven case studies show that biblical law discriminates between the seriousness of different offences and between the relative seriousness of the same offence when committed by different people—or when performed in different ways. Recurring elements include location and the offender's social statue. The closing chapter considers some of the implications for the current debate about crime and punishment.

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Key Features

  • Exegesis of levels of offense in Biblical law
  • Seven case studies about implications of social status under the law
  • Careful examination of the practice of justice in ancient Israel
  • All Scripture references are linked to the Bibles in your library

Product Details

  • Title: Signs of Sin: Seriousness of Offence in Biblical Law
  • Authors: Jonathan P. Burnside
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 312

About Jonathan P. Burnsid

Jonathan P. Burnsid is lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Bristol, UK.

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