stoning

Capital punishment [[➝ punishment, everlasting]] for blasphemy (Lev. 24:15–16) or idolatry (Deut. 17:2–7) and other crimes. It took place outside a city and the victim was pelted with stones by the whole community (Deut. 13:10). The death of Stephen was organized in this way (Acts 7:58), the Jews possibly taking the law into their own hands during the temporary absence of the Roman governor. Paul was stoned and left for dead at Lystra (Acts 14:19). It is recorded by Josephus [[➝ Josephus, Flavius]] and Eusebius the Church historian that shortly before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE scribes and Pharisees hurled James the Lord's brother from a pinnacle of the Temple and dropped heavy stones on him. It is disputed whether these stonings were a form of lynch law or whether the Roman authorities tolerated the killing of those who had broken the religious laws of Judaism.

Dictionary of the Bible.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Stoning — Stoning, or lapidation, refers to a form of capital punishment whereby an organized group throws stones at the convicted individual until the person dies. Stoning has been used throughout history in a number of places, both in the form of… …   Wikipedia

  • Stoning — Stone Stone, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stoning}.] [From {Stone}, n.: cf. AS. st?nan, Goth. stainjan.] 1. To pelt, beat, or kill with stones. [1913 Webster] And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stoning — noun Lapidation: punishment by throwing stones, usually resulting in death …   Wiktionary

  • Stoning —    A form of punishment (Lev. 20:2; 24:14; Deut. 13:10; 17:5; 22:21) prescribed for certain offences. Of Achan (Josh. 7:25), Naboth (1 Kings 21), Stephen (Acts 7:59), Paul (Acts 14:19; 2 Cor. 11:25) …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • stoning — Synonyms and related words: bane, beheading, blood, bloodletting, bloodshed, braining, burning, capital punishment, crucifixion, dealing death, decapitation, decollation, defenestration, destruction, destruction of life, dispatch, electrocution,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • stoning — n. form of punishment in which stones are thrown at the condemned until he is dead stəʊn n. rock; piece of rock shaped or cut for some purpose; pebble; gem; seed, pit; unit of weight equal to fourteen pounds or 6.36 kilograms (British) v. put… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stoning — noun the act of pelting with stones; punishment inflicted by throwing stones at the victim (even unto death) • Syn: ↑lapidation • Derivationally related forms: ↑lapidate (for: ↑lapidation), ↑stone • Hypernyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • Stoning of the Devil — or stoning of the jamarat (Arabic: ramy al jamarāt ) is part of the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims fling pebbles at three walls called jamarat in the city of Mina just east of Mecca. It… …   Wikipedia

  • Stoning in Scripture — • At first an expression of popular fury analogous to lynching , later came to be a natural and legally recognized method of execution Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Stoning in Scripture     Stoning in Scripture …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Stoning of Du'a Khalil Aswad — Du’a Khalil Aswad Du’a Khalil Aswad دعاء خليل أسود Born 1990 Died c. April 7, 2007 Bashika, Ninawa, Iraq …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.