7052Stoning (was Re: Qumran ritual cleansing)
- Jan 10, 2008This is a more interesting question in connections other than with Qumran.
You say on the one hand that The first century Sanhedrin could not enforce a
death penalty, but you also say that they could cause people to be stoned.
Could you explain the apparent contradiction? What is the relevant evidence
on this point (Josephus?)?
I am thinking in terms of the speculation that is sometimes made (by Morton
Smith, for instance) that the Sanhedrin ought to have condemned Jesus to
death as a blasphemer rather than turning him over to either Herod or
Pilate, and why they would not have done so, or whether it is likely that is
in fact how Jesus was executed and the NT story was created as anti-Roman
Bradley A. Skene
On Jan 7, 2008 5:44 PM, David Hall <dqhall59@...> wrote:
> The synagogues at Hammat south of the Roman city of TIberias were built
> after the first century. I think the common person was under Jewish law as
> the Sanhedrin had the authority to try religious crimes, but not to issue
> the death penalty. The Jewish people had strict Sabbath laws and laws
> regarding attending three feasts. People who refused the authority of the
> Sanhedrin may have been made outcasts or stoned. To this day there are
> religious laws that prevent working on Shabat in Israel, else more places
> would be open on Saturday.
> David Q. Hall
> dqhall59@... <dqhall59%40yahoo.com>
> excavated there.
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