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This paper examines the scriptural bases of stoning for adultery in the two sister religions and its implementation in contemporary Muslim societies. Based upon archival and documentary research, this study found that stoning to death for adultery is prescribed in both the Bible and the Quran.
Christians, however, have abandoned this law and it is no longer practiced in any Christian-dominant country. With the expansion of Western imperialism, the same trend seems to be taking place in Muslim societies. There are a few Muslim countries that are trying to implement this law but they face a good deal of criticism from the Western media and other secular organizations, consequently, shying away from implementing this punishment in public.
Stoning is a form of capital punishment which applies specifically to cases of adultery. In this form of punishment, the convicted person is put to death by throwing stones, usually by a crowd. This practice was seen in some cultures as allowing the larger community to take part in the administration of justice. Stoning has been used since ancient times to punish the convicted.
Subsequently, this practice has been criticized as cruel and inhuman. î Some countries, therefore, have abandoned this method replacing it with either life imprisonment, hanging or decapitation.
Stoning for Adultery According to Christianity
The Old Testament (King James Version) prescribed death punishment by stoning for several crimes (Jacobs, 1964) including stealing (Joshua, 7:20-26), Sabbath breaking (Numbers, 15:32-36), preaching or practicing a different religion, blasphemy (Lev, 24:10-16), cursing God and the king (Kings, 21:1-16), being a medium or a wizard (Levi, 20:27), being a stubborn or rebellious son (Deut, 21:18-21), and other major crimes.
Stoning was one of the primary methods of capital punishment in the Old Testament. The basis for punishment of stoning specifically for adultery is clearly provided in Leviticus (20:10-12) which reads: ìIf a man commits adultery with another manís wife, even with the wife of his neighbour, both the adulterer and adulteress must be put to deathÖ.î
Further, in Deuteronomy (22:22-24), it is stated that, ìIf a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, you should take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death.
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