The Signs of Sin: Seriousness of Offence in Biblical Law

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A&C Black, 2003 M05 1 - 312 páginas
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 synthesised 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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Introduction
1
Chapter 1 DETERMINING SERIOUSNESS OF OFFENCE IN BIBLICAL LAW
10
SERIOUSNESS OF OFFENCE AND DEUTERONOMY 211821
37
SERIOUSNESS OF OFFENCE AND DEUTERONOMY 25510
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SERIOUSNESS OF OFFENCE IN LEVITICUS 219 AND DEUTERONOMY 222021
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SERIOUSNESS OF OFFENCE AND LEVITICUS 4135
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SERIOUSNESS OF OFFENCE AND EZEKIEL 8118
186
Chapter 7 SERIOUSNESS OF OFFENCE IN BIBLICAL LAW
225
Chapter 8 CONCLUSION
253
Bibliography
254
Index of References
268
Index of Authors
279
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Jonathan Burnside is lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Bristol, UK.

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