Capital Punishment

A death sentence is a rare judgement in rabbinical or Mishnaic law, though it is permitted and prescribed in the Bible. The Torah describes those cases in which capital punishment is possible, including: murder, worshiping false idols, adultery, incest, bestiality, false prophecies, giving false evidence, blasphemy, kidnapping, rape of a betrothed woman, insubordination towards a parent or parental authority, witchcraft and breaking the Sabbath.

For a more in-depth examination of capital punishment in Judaism, refer to the Jewish Encyclopedia.

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