The hands of the witnesses

The law of Moses stipulated that if a man or a woman is found doing evil and violates the covenant (e.g., idolatry, adultery, homicide), he or she must be put do death (Deu 17.2-7). But it must only be done on the testimony of two or three witnesses. No one shall be put to death on the testimony of only one witness. It is to ensure that the judgment is fair and sound (the system is not without loophole, though; from Ayat-ayat Cinta movie, we learn how easily one could fix the two/three witnesses). And the capital punishment is exercised through stoning. Who shall be the first one to throw the stone, then? “The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting him to death, and then the hands of all the people.” (Deu 17.7)

Jesus, of course, then re-appropriated this law such that it was not the witnesses who shall throw the stone first, but one who “is without sin.” (Joh 8.7)


6 thoughts on “The hands of the witnesses

  1. -m-

    at the first place, harusnya juga bukan Yesus yang throw the stone ke perempuan yang kedapatan berzina kan? since Yesus bukan the witnesses –> “Guru, *kami* mendapati perempuan ini berzina”

    1. septian Post author

      haha iya gw cm note gimana Yesus ‘transform’ the law, perhaps similar to the more explicit form in matthew: you might have heard ‘this’, but i say ‘that’…


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