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The Signs of Sin
The Signs of Sin
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The Signs of Sin

Seriousness of Offence in Biblical Law
Jonathan P. Burnside
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The Signs of Sin

Seriousness of Offence in Biblical Law
Jonathan P. Burnside
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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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Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
Year
2003
ISBN
9780567346742
Topic
Theology & Religion
Subtopic
Biblical Studies
Edition
1

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