Reeder 2013 Execution

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Author: Caryn A. Reeder

Title: Sex and Execution

Subtitle: Deuteronomy 22:20-24

Journal: The Expository Times

Volume: 124

Issue: 6

Year: 2013

Pages: 272-281

ISSN: 0014-5246 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1745-5308 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Prosecution: Laws, Victims: Death Penalty, Representations: Bible

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Abstract: »The laws of Deut. 22:20-24 arguably require the execution of women for consensual or forced sexual intercourse outside marriage. Interpreted within the theological and cultural contexts of Deuteronomy, these laws highlight both the significance of women within the covenant and the resulting control over women’s bodies and sexuality. Deuteronomy also includes laws that protect vulnerable women from abuse, and the biblical canon as a whole includes a number of stories in which women are not executed for sexual transgression. This canonical context provides readers with choices for interpretation.« [Source: Expository Times]


  1. Women in the world of Deuteronomy (p. 273)
  2. Interpreting Deuteronomy 22:20-24 (p. 274)
    2a. Deuteronomy 22:20-21 (p. 274)
    2b. Deuteronomy 22:22-24 (p. 275)
    2c. Deuteronomy 22:20-24 (p. 276)
  3. Deuteronomy 22:20-24 in the biblical canon (p. 277)
    3a. Reading Deut. 22:20-24 within Deuteronomy (p. 278)
    3b. Reading Deut. 22:20-24 with biblical narratives (p. 278)
  4. Wives and daughters, sex and execution: An ambiguous conclusion (p. 280)

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