The Hebrews and Stoning

by Clam 16 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • Clam

    It seems from the Bible that stoning was common punishment at one time, although I use punishment in the loosest sense of the word.

    If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out of the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbors wife. Deuteronomy 22:23-24 NAB)

    In this case, which is supposedly talking about rape, the victim due to her not screaming, possibly due to sheer terror or being at knife point, suffers with her attacker the penalty of being stoned to death.

    Stoning no doubt was performed with some enthusiasm by a largish cross section of Jehovah loving citizens, keen to dispense holy justice. Are there records of public stonings and those who died? Is there detail somewhere of the “rules” of stoning? Were people pelted until an officiator pronounced them dead or did someone go in and finish them off with a weapon? Did victims live to tell the tale, and when did the practice fade out?

    (Clam, who today is seriously interested in stoning but anticipates posters saying they have been stoned many times )

  • Legolas
    In this case, which is supposedly talking about rape, the victim due to her not screaming, possibly due to sheer terror or being at knife point, suffers with her attacker the penalty of being stoned to death.

    Good point!

    I say...can you feel the love?

  • blondie
  • Fangorn

    I always found it interesting that while there are many things in the Bible that seem to require stoning as a punishment that are very, very few accounts of someone actually being stoned. I wonder if it was simply not recorded or if in practice it was not very much enforced?

  • blondie

    David and Bathsheba should have been stoned, and so should have Solomon after he "apostasized."

  • Hellrider
  • unclebruce

    Historically speaking there was little unique in Hebrew cultural practice or belief.

    Stoning was widespread throughout that part of the world and continues to be so today.

    This is a modern stoning amphitheatre: And this woman is about to be stoned in Iran:


  • unclebruce

    The following are culled from Blondies first link to Randy's site. The second link is to "Moslems Against Stoning" where some interesting quotes from the quoran are found. One that caught my eye was where Noah was threatened with stoning by unbelievers.

    I culled the scrptual text from the quotes below to save board space but kept the text from Lamentations (a happy bible book) in as it mentions a pit which relates to the photo on the left above.

    Punishment for sexual misconduct

    Deuteronomy 22:13-29 "

    John 8: 1-11

    Stoning for preaching a different religion

    Deuteronomy 13:6-11 "

    Stoning for practising a different religion

    Deuteronomy 17:1-7 .

    Stoning for blasphemy

    Leviticus 24:10-16

    Leviticus 24:23

    John 10:25-40 .

    Stoning for cursing God and the King

    1 Kings 21:1-16

    Stoning for giving children to Molech

    Leviticus 20:1-5 f

    Stoning for being a medium or a wizard

    Leviticus 20:27 "

    Stoning for breaking the Sabbath

    Numbers 15:32-36

    Stoning for stubborn and rebellious sons

    Deuteronomy 21:18-21 .

    Stoning for stealing

    Joshua 7:20-26

    Stoning of goring animals

    Exodus 21:28-32

    Stoning for touching Mount Sinai

    Exodus 19:10-13

    Hebrews 12:20-22

    Egyptians stoning

    Exodus 8:25-27 -

    Stoning of the prophets

    2 Chronicles 24:17-22

    Lamentations 3:49-55 "My eyes will flow without ceasing, without respite, until the LORD from heaven looks down and sees; my eyes cause me grief at the fate of all the maidens of my city. "I have been hunted like a bird by those who were my enemies without cause; they flung me alive into the pit and cast stones on me ; water closed over my head; I said, `I am lost.' "I called on thy name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit; thou didst hear my plea, `Do not close thine ear to my cry for help!'

    Stoning by congregation of Israel

    1 Kings 12:15-19 d

    2 Chronicles 10:15-19

    Acts 7:54-60

    2 Corinithians 11:22-27 A

    Hebrews 11:32-40

    Congregation of Israel desire to stone

    Numbers 14:6-12

    Luke 20:1-7

    John 11:7-10

    Acts 5:24-26

    Acts 14:1-23

  • LDH

    doriiyaki (sp?)

    started a thread about a month or so ago with a link to a 16 year old girl actually being stoned. So UB is right, it happens every day all day in 'other parts' of the world,

  • Narkissos

    As unclebruce said that was hardly a specific Israelite practice. Stoning was quite common in Greece too, especially for the cases of sacrilege. In addition (if one dare say) to the capital punishment per se it is strongly symbolic of a collective cutting off: the whole community not only kills but expels the convict, nobody being allowed to touch him/her anymore.

    For Talmudic comments on the practice, see

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