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Signs of Sin

Seriousness of Offence in Biblical Law

Signs of Sin

Seriousness of Offence in Biblical Law

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£180.00

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826462183
Number of Pages: 312
Published: 01/05/2003
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.

Jonathan P. Burnside

Jonathan Burnside is lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Bristol, UK.

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