Thursday, July 26, 2012

And they say Old Testament justice was harsh

Here are accounts of some Jews who were convicted of stealing a watch and executed, from the Old Bailey records, December 1744. As you can see, the second, a woman named Hannah Moses, was married to Samuel, who was executed the February before for robbery. The writer of these accounts was the chaplain of the Old Bailey prison in London.


  1. I have definitely seen this before on a blog. Is it possible that you posted this once before, years ago?

  2. It is. I think it was something else, but it is *possible* that I double posted.

    You may have meant this or this.

    I guess I post these when I'm busy with other stuff. ;-)

  3. An article precisely on these and similar testimonies was very recently published in Historia - a journal of the Israel Historical Society.

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