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The Sound of Sheer Silence and the Killing State: The Death Penalty and the Bible
Lind, Millard

Telford, Pa.: Cascadia, 2004 pp. 188. $18.95
Introduction by Howard Zehr

Series Information
Studies in Peace and Scripture Series, 8


Description: This book uses the American experience in capital punishment not as a case study, but as a contemporary referent from which to ask the question about state killing in the Bible. Why is the ancient biblical story about the Israelite journey on capital punishment so important for America today? Because over three thousand years ago, on this issue the Israelites were where America is today, at least as far as the law codes are concerned. The ancient Israelites began with a law collection which, though founded on prophetic covenant, includes the penalty of capital punishment. But in the course of a violent history, certain canonical prophets of the ninth and eighth centuries B.C. and perhaps other narrative writers even before that, question capital punishment and move toward a policy of redemption and rehabilitation.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Ethics

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Review by Jason R. Tatlock
Published 6/30/2007
Citation: Jason R. Tatlock, review of Millard Lind, The Sound of Sheer Silence and the Killing State: The Death Penalty and the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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