Greg Bahnsen on capital punishment’s persistence

Just as the death penalty for adultery appears to have been a pre-Mosiac requirement (cf. Gen. 38:24), so there is no reason to suppose that it has lost its sanction after the passing of the Mosaic economy. It reflects the unchanging justice of God.

My two cents

Roman executioner Giovanni Battista Bugatti (&...
Roman executioner Giovanni Battista Bugatti (“Mastro Titta”) offering snuff to a condemned prisoner prior to execution. From a 19th century woodcut. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I didn’t realise that; I was misled into thinking that capital punishment originated with the Mosaic economy. Now I know better. Capital punishment precedes Moses.

Source

Bahnsen, G. L. (1979). Theonomy in Christian Ethics. Nutley: Craig Press. p. 115.

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